When it comes to incidents of alleged police misconduct, men of color dominate the center of the national conversation. And that makes sense; black and brown men make up the majority of victims in police-involved shootings. From Trayvon Martin to Philando Castile, stories of male victims of color make headlines. But what about black women?
Women of color and trans women are often at the forefront of resisting state violence, but their stories may receive little to no attention. A recent effort by activists, however, aims to amplify the stories of women of color and trans women who may be involved in incidents of police misconduct. Morning Shift talks to Andrea Ritchie, author of the book Invisible No More: Police Violence Against Black Women. Ritchie is also a police-misconduct attorney, representing women of color and trans women for more than 20 years.