Brandon Smith, October 2018
Independent journalist Brandon Smith gave a public lecture, ” What the traditional Chicago media missed in the Laquan McDonald case.”
Brandon Smith spoke on the power of independent journalism in exposing police brutality and racial injustice on Wednesday, October 24th. Smith has been a journalist in the investigative/accountability tradition since 2007, and has concentrated primarily on police accountability since 2014. Published in The Guardian, Al Jazeera, The Daily Beast, and In These Times, Smith has also written about pollution and public health issues, runaway military spending, and mass surveillance.
Smith was a winner of the Izzy Award along with activist Jamie Kalven in 2016 for challenging the official story about the killing of Laquan McDonald, an African American teenager, by Chicago police in 2014. Early this October, the police officer was convicted on counts of second-degree murder and battery second-degree murder.