Somebody

Somebody

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When Shapearl Wells’s son Courtney is found outside a Chicago police station with a fatal bullet wound, Shapearl immediately distrusts the official narrative. So she launches her own investigation into her son’s murder and teams up with journalists from the Invisible Institute to confront the cops and find the truth about Courtney’s death. Somebody explores the racial disparities and turbulent relationship between law enforcement and citizens in one of America’s largest cities. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in association with Tenderfoot TV.


BONUS: “Democracy in the Streets,” a Conversation with Shapearl Wells and Jamie Kalven
Jun 12 • 21 min
Shapearl and Jamie sit down to talk about the uprising for Black lives happening in Chicago and around the nation, and their hope that this moment might translate to great positive change. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible…
Episode 7: Shapearl
May 12 • 31 min
Having taken her investigation as far as she can, Shapearl moves on to an even bigger fight: making sure this never happens to anyone else’s child. She travels to Brazil to speak at a summit of mothers of murdered children and works to honor Courtney’s…
Coming Up on the Season Finale
May 5 • 0 min
After Shapearl and the Invisible Institute hand over all of their evidence to Chicago Police, the job is not done. In this Episode 7 season finale preview, Shapearl gives a glimpse into her life beyond Courtney’s case as she advocates for reform and…
Episode 6: The Tipster
May 2 • 42 min
Shapearl receives a Facebook message from someone with crucial information, but police dismiss the tip. On Halloween night 2018, there’s a similar murder in the neighborhood where Courtney was shot. Shapearl and Alison decide to tell detectives what they…
Episode 5: The Two-Year Anniversary
Apr 28 • 29 min
On the second anniversary of Courtney’s death, Shapearl holds a middle-of-the-night protest in front of the police station. She drives the exact route that Courtney took the night he was killed, and runs into the supervising officer from that night. Two…
Episode 4: The Secret Girlfriend
Apr 21 • 46 min
Shapearl and Alison sit down with Courtney’s secret girlfriend. Turns out, she knows more than she initially told Shapearl and provides new leads in the case. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in…
Episode 3: The Police
Apr 14 • 70 min
Shapearl enters a legal battle with the City of Chicago, to get them to release videos from the night Courtney died. She contacts a journalism organization called the Invisible Institute and teams up with them to investigate the case. With this added…
Episode 2: The Nurse
Apr 7 • 32 min
Police promise Shapearl they’ll do everything they can to solve Courtney’s case, but the detectives won’t release the names of officers who interacted with her son. With nowhere left to turn, Shapearl begins her own investigation and has a serendipitous…
This Season on Somebody
Apr 6 • 1 min
Chicago mom Shapearl Wells investigates her son Courtney’s murder on her own, teaming up with journalists to challenge the police’s story of what happened. A co-production of Topic Studios, The Intercept, the Invisible Institute, and iHeartRadio, in…
Episode 1: Courtney
Mar 31 • 31 min
On March 4, 2016, Shapearl Wells wakes up to a bamming at her door. It’s the police, telling her that her 22-year-old son, Courtney Copeland, has been shot. Detectives tell her Courtney drove his BMW to a police station for help. But Shapearl’s grief…
Somebody: Coming Soon
Mar 27 • 2 min
Coming March 31, 2020. When Shapearl Wells’s son Courtney is found outside a Chicago police station with a fatal bullet wound, Shapearl immediately distrusts the official narrative. So she launches her own investigation into her son’s murder and teams up…
Somebody: Official Trailer
Mar 20 • 2 min
When Shapearl Wells’s son Courtney is found outside a Chicago police station with a fatal bullet wound, Shapearl immediately distrusts the official narrative. So she launches her own investigation into her son’s murder and teams up with journalists from…