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Shamar Betts: In Jail For Months Waiting For Trial

Shamar Betts

Shamar Betts The Intercept and Type Investigations

Protests for racial justice erupted around the country earlier this year after George Floyd, a black man, was killed by Minneapolis police officers during an arrest. The video of George Floyd’s final moments sparked outrage. Shamar Betts, a 19-year-old Urbana man, was arrested for inciting a riot based on a video and flyer he allegedly posted to Facebook. He’s still in jail awaiting trial, unable to post bond.

The 21st spoke to an independent journalist of the The Intercept and Type Investigations and the Executive Director of The Prosecution Project, an open-source intelligence research platform that tracks felony criminal cases involving political violence in the U.S. since the 1990s.


Aaron Miguel Cantú, Independent Journalist of the The Intercept and Type Investigations   

Michael Loadenthal, Executive Director of The Prosecution Project


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