Voices from the Edge on 05/05/11

Air date: 
Thu, 05/05/2011 - 8:00am - 9:00am
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Finding Yashanee Vaughn

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Finding Yashanee Vaughn
Fourteen-year-old Yashanee Vaughn was last seen near a Taco Bell restaurant on Portland's Northeast 82nd Ave. on March 19. Vaughn was on her way to meet with her family. A missing persons report was filed on March 21, however, police viewed Vaughn as a runaway. Ten days later they upgraded Vaughn's status to missing and on March 31, Portland Police Chief Mike Reese announced Vaughn was likely killed that first evening she disappeared.A 16-year-old youth is being charged with her murder. Were police justified to view this as another runaway case? Did their delay in classifying Vaughn as missing reflect deeper institutional problems?
This week, Jo Ann and Dave speak with Vaughn's mother, Shaquita Lewis, and Kiante Griffin, Vaughn's cousin, about the missing girl and the family's struggle to find her.  
Jo Ann Bowman is a former state legislator, former executive director of Oregon Action and past board president of Portland Community Media as well as a long-time leader in the struggle for racial and economic justice. Dave Mazza is a freelance journalist and former editor of The Portland Alliance who has covered and been involved in Portland's civil rights, environmental, labor and peace movements for over 20 years
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Co-Hosts: Jo Ann Bowman and Dave Mazza
Producers: Dave Mazza and Jo Ann Bowman
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