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September 12, 2023 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In-Person: An Evening with Justine Barron, Carlos Miller, Chuck Strouse, and Francisco Alvarado


September 12, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Books & Books in Coral Gables
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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Books & Books presents…


in conversation with

Carlos Miller, Chuck Strouse, and Francisco Alvarado


They Killed Freddie Gray: The Anatomy of a Police Brutality Cover-Up

(Arcade, $32.50)

Tuesday, September 12th, 7:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables


Books & Books is thrilled to present an evening with Justine Barron discussing her book: They Killed Freddie Gray: The Anatomy of a Police Brutality Cover-Up (Arcade, $32.50). Based on new evidence and deep reporting, the riveting truth about a case that has become a touchstone in the struggle for racial justice and Black lives. Join us for a panel discussion featuring Carlos Miller, Chuck Strouse, and Francisco Alvarado.

This event is FREE and open to the public and books will be available for purchase the night of the event so make sure to stay after the talk for a book signing! Please RSVP only if you intend to join us.

About the Book:

Based on new evidence and deep reporting, the riveting truth about a case that has become a touchstone in the struggle for racial justice and Black lives.

They Killed Freddie Gray exposes a conspiracy among Baltimore leaders to cover up what actually happened to Freddie Gray, who was fatally injured in police custody in April 2015. After Gray’s death, Baltimore became ground zero for Black Lives Matter and racial justice protests that exploded across the country. State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby became a hero when she charged six officers in Gray’s death, and the trials of the officers generated national headlines for two years.

Yet the cause of Gray’s death has remained a mystery. A viral video showed an officer leaning on Gray’s back while he cried out in pain. But the autopsy concluded he was fatally injured later that morning while the van was in motion—during a multi-stop “rough ride”—from sudden impact to his head. None of the officers were convicted of any crimes based on this theory.

They Killed Freddie Gray solves the mystery of Gray’s death by uncovering new evidence of how he was killed by police and how his cause of death was covered up. In coordination with a documentary film now being produced, this book revisits a pivotal moment in US criminal justice history, providing new insight into what happened, the historical structures of power that allowed it to happen, and the personalities and dynamics involved—a story never told by the mainstream media. It includes a detailed map with annotations by the author, photographs, and a foreword by Rabia Chaudry.


About the Author:

Justine Barron is a Miami-based writer and investigative journalist. Her work as appeared in The Appeal, Miami Herald, Rolling Stone, FAIR Media, Jewish Journal, Undisclosed Podcast, WLRN-NPR, and various Baltimore outlets. Her investigative stories and fight for transparency have been picked up by national news outlets, including AP News and the Intercept. She is also an acclaimed film/TV writer and storyteller and has won the Moth storytelling competition four times.

About the Panelists:

Carlos Miller spent 15 years running the award-winning police accountability news site, PINAC News, which he founded after he was beaten and arrested by Miami police for photographing them in public.

Chuck Strouse is a Florida International University professor and assistant director of the school’s Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media. He has worked at the Miami Herald, where he shared in a Pulitzer Prize for work on a murderous cult, the South Florida the Sun Sentinel, the Los Angeles Times and – for two decades – at Miami New Times and New Times Broward Palm Beach as editor-in-chief. Strouse has been a Knight International Press Fellow in Albania and consulted for non-profit media groups across the former Soviet Union on founding a free press.

About the Moderator:

Francisco Alvarado was born in Nicaragua and grew up in Miami, giving him unique insight into the Magic City and all its dark corners. An investigative reporter with a knack for uncovering corruption, Alvarado made his bones as a staff writer at Miami New Times and remains in dogged pursuit of the next juicy story.