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‘Model America’: The 1990 Police Killing That Dashed A Town’s Progressive Image ctm magazine



For years Teaneck, NJ was billed as a progressive, “racial utopia,” being one of the first towns in the entire country to voluntarily desegregate its public schools. Despite that reputation, in 1990 it became the site of the police shooting of a Black teenager named Phillip Pannell that thrust the town into national headlines. On the evening of April 10th, Teaneck Police responded to a call from a resident who said he’d seen a teenager with a gun among other kids in a schoolyard. Pannell was that teenager. After a brief confrontation with officers, Pannell took off running and a chase ensued. The 16-year-old was ultimately shot in the back and killed by Gary Spath, a white police officer. Spath said he believed Pannell was reaching for the gun, but witnesses said Pannell appeared to be surrendering and an autopsy concluded that, based on the location of the bullet holes, Pannell’s hands were raised. Spath was ultimately charged with manslaughter and acquitted in 1992 by an all-white jury. The story is the subject of an explosive, four-part docuseries by MSNBC Films titled “Model America.” It revisits Pannell’s case and the outrage and division in the community that followed. Pannell’s mother and sister joined Ali Velshi in-studio to discuss the impact of Phillip’s death and how the case reverberates to this day.

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33 Comments

  • Michael Barnes on September 20, 2022

    Nothing has changed. Police Brutality. The corrupt US Police Force and the GOP KKK Party of White Supremacity, Lies, Voter Fraud and Racism are one in the same.

  • Monte Blanc🖋 on September 20, 2022

    The resistance to the inclusion of Philip's name on the mural and the ridiculous debate over the existence of the mural was one of the more disappointing moments I've witnessed in my time in the town. Philip's senseless shooting at the hands of then-Officer Gary Spath is the cornerstone upon which the current iteration of the now vibrant and flourishing town exists. Very much like Times Square or 42nd Street in the late 80s/early 90s, Teaneck was a much different place, IMO. Beautiful, but much different.

  • Bring back the Plague on September 20, 2022

    100% FAKE NEWS PROPAGANDA, DISINFORMATION AND LIES!!!! WHITE people are 2 to 1 victims of police shootings PER CAPITA compared to blacks!! So stop freakin' lying!! Where's the outrage when white people are killed by police? We are the REAL victims of police violence but DemocRats always push lies to brainwash their mindless followers.

  • TheBigGuy BidenFJB on September 20, 2022

    Hunter Biden…."I spent more time on my hands and knees picking through rugs, smoking anything that even remotely resembled crack cocaine," Hunter Biden said. "I probably smoked more parmesan cheese than anyone."

  • Oppressed Speaker of truth on September 20, 2022

    Amewica is soooo wacist!

  • BTone Major on September 20, 2022

    The GOP-police is legally killing people within the crooked American system and now this video has 3,3K views because NONE of the GOP-crowd want to view it. Killers on the 1 side hiding with weapons, and here we have decent humans who want to live life in America; they cry, and the GOP smiles and doesn't give a flying F"'"€. Who and what is America?

  • anthony Shaw on September 20, 2022

    PASS THE GEORGE FLOYD POLICE REFORM INTO LAW

  • pakpala1 on September 20, 2022

    Don't be fooled by the movies, music, and propaganda, America is not the best country in the world.. There are countries in Northern Europe that are much better for humans..

  • Aasir Newton on September 20, 2022

    The only thing that has changed since Philip Pannell was murdered is the reality that most people in this country have the ability to both record and consume video footage of these murders.
    Which makes the continued escalating perpetuation and glorification of police brutality far less acceptable.
    [Never forget that after he shot up a church in the "holy city" and was gingerly apprehended, Dylann Roofe got taken on a lunch date to Burger King by the arresting officers.]

  • ARudigA on September 20, 2022

    Multiculturalism is a failed experiment. There is a reason why Scandinavian countries are the happiest countries on earth and place like South Africa and America are shiteholes.

  • James Alcott on September 20, 2022

    How many of our American police heros and fellow citizens have to die before MSNBC stops fanning the flames of ignorance, racism and violence?

  • headache neighbor on September 20, 2022

    policemen in America has the freedom to shoot you down

  • Elizabeth Hardy on September 20, 2022

    NOTHING has changed.

  • Light is a wave on September 20, 2022

    People vote for corrupt inept democrats on November 8th if you want continued pain and suffering or vote for America first maga for faith family freedom and an end to high inflation and high gas prices amen 🙏

  • Trucker Rawb on September 20, 2022

    Nobody cares MSNBC lol y'alls ratings are going downnnnnhilllll lmao

  • Laura Lafauve on September 20, 2022

    Seeing is believing. Haven't we seen enough, yet?

  • TooBadThatDidn'tKillMe on September 20, 2022

    Red Hats going "NHIC" as usual.

  • Vital Signs on September 20, 2022

    It's said the white man is the one I should fear
    But it's our own kind, doing the Killin here.

  • Bill Barr on September 20, 2022

    MSNBC: no current stories that we can pin on racism. fear not, let us just reach into our little back of tricks and pull something from 32 year ago.

  • T. R. Campbell on September 20, 2022

    The comedian Chris Rock Filmed a brief video directed at young black men but in reality all young people should watch this video. In the video, Chris rock provided pointers for young people to keep from getting abused by the police. All young people should watch this video.
    I believe it is entitled, ‘How not to get your a$$ kicked by the police.’ Words of wisdom from Chris Rock.

  • Niro Taylor on September 20, 2022

    Wait until they learn about Chicago. 🤦‍♀🤦‍♀

  • Jay Gibson on September 20, 2022

    Fake
    Jeeezus

  • DJ Pomare on September 20, 2022

    Here we go again. Killed for BLACK WITH A PHONE or BLACK WITH A SUBWAY SANDWICH.

    The World must hold the US accountable for human rights abuses both domestic and international.

    How do Americans put up with this everyday?

    Thank God I'm not American.

  • robert yetter on September 20, 2022

    Why is this being reported?
    Why now?
    Oh, nevermind 😅😂🤣

  • Muggsy Axton on September 20, 2022

    Look what progressivism did to San Francisco, clowns. Streets paved with human waste is a perfect summation of the Democratic party.

  • aurora_occidentalis on September 20, 2022

    El futuro es republicano.

  • aurora_occidentalis on September 20, 2022

    Young black men are in danger in America. From young black men.

  • James Christianson on September 20, 2022

    MSNBCCCP…nothing but mind control propaganda.
    Enemy of the people.
    Sedition in action.

  • M Lee on September 20, 2022

    Sympathy to you and family.🙏🌷

  • Top expert on September 20, 2022

    For god sakes! Everyone insert these anti-smog buttplugs! It’s the only way we can stop climate change!

    The whole world will flood and the oceans will dry up by 2024 if we don’t enforce this! It’s not a joke!

    I am President Joe Biden and I approve the assault vaccine rifle inflation boosters 🫡🇺🇸

  • Bob Evans on September 20, 2022

    If this is not about Donald Trump you're idiots don't care your views and ratings prove this

  • Thomas Rivers on September 20, 2022

    I REMEMBER LIBERALS WANT TO DEFUND THE POLICE. NOW LIBERALS THINK THEY CAN CLOWN THE AMERICAN PEOPLE

  • Ernesto Ybarra on September 20, 2022

    60 Minutes tonight the Dementia Joe Biden Comedy Show

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