FERN Investigates Police Killing of Meatpacking Worker

Officials at a massive pork plant with a history of labor violations called the cops on a disgruntled employee. Why did he end up dead?

In “A police killing on the packing line,” Ted Genoways recounts the tragic details of the police shooting of a Sudanese refugee at a hog plant in Oklahoma, and the coworker who was fired for recording the incident on his phone.

This story won the Sidney Award for the month of June (monthly award from the Hillman Foundation). It was also included in the Hunter College’s Food Policy Watch newsletter.

We saw engagement on Twitter from Wallace House Center for Journalists (3.4K followers), North Texas Progressive (progressive and independent news in North Texas, 3K followers), Sam Stecklow (journalist at Invisible Institute, 2.1K followers), Tom Philpott (writer, 36.5K followers), Carson Vaughan (journalist, 3.6K followers), Ariel Wittenberg (public health reporter for E&E News, 5K followers), Kenny Torrella (Vox, 1.8K followers), Andrew deCoriolis (executive director of Farm Forward, 1.2K followers), Farms for Tomorrow (7.8K followers, Instagram), Liz Moran Stelk (executive director, Illinois Stewardship Alliance, 1.9K followers), Christopher Deutsch (historian, 3.7K followers), Brian Kateman (founder Reducetarian, 2.4K followers), and Code for PDX (A Code for America Brigade focused on using technology to improve the lives of the people of Portland. 2.7K followers).

On Instagram we saw engagement from The New Lede (journalism initiative from EWG, 240 followers), David Lehnherr Photography (nature photographer, 110 followers), Stacy Basko (writer, 755 followers), Rebecca Maldonado (activist and educator, 180 followers), Farms for Tomorrow (8.2K followers), and Scout Bee Farm (500 followers).

The story was also shared by Monroe County Progressive Coalition to their Facebook page.

Our media partner for this story, The New Republic, sees 6.4 million pageviews each month. In addition, the publication reaches nearly 354K users on social media.

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