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The 51st State
Episode #247

Episode Description
A film by Stephen Glauber explores the death of William ?Rabbit? Wells. Wells was a well-liked black youth who was shot by a white police officer in the all-white town of Bernardsville, New Jersey. Through the course of interviewing the townspeople and police officers, issues of police brutality against both blacks and non-conformist youth are addressed. Episode concludes with a montage of New York City airports.

Subjects
Police shootings
Wells, William ?Rabbit? -- Wrongful death
Bernardsville Region (N.J.)
African-Americans

Type/Genre
News

Copyright Holder
Educational Broadcasting Corporation

Director
Colgan, Mick

Host(s)
Marston, Betsy

Other Credits
Glauber, Stephen (Reporter)

Formats
Digital Beta
DVD
VHS

Reference Number
ARC-FFS-36


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