When she saw people protesting after the death of Michael Brown, when she saw the outrage and turmoil, Akilah Johnson also saw echoes of what she has seen and heard as a reporter for The Boston Globe – lack of diversity on the police force, unequal resources for poor communities, strained relationships between police and communities, the death of young black men. And it felt, to her, like something people in Boston needed to know more about.
So Johnson flew to St. Louis and headed for Ferguson to report on something that echoes in Boston.
The reason, she said, “is to bear witness of this moment for our readers.”
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