Toni Biegert visits the site of where her son was killed by police in episode 5 of The Mothers Podcast. Joseph Biegert, a 30-year-old white man, was killed by Green Bay Police Officers Matthew Dunn and Brian Krueger in 2015 as they served a wellness check after Toni had called the police concerned that he was having a mental crisis and wanting to make sure he got the help he needed.
Police claim when they arrived a struggle ensued, that Joseph grabbed a knife and they feared for their lives. Toni said the police beat him, tased him, and then shot him 9 times, including once in the head. Toni brought us to his apartment and then to a park where she purchased a bench with a plaque in honor of her son. Toni has turned her pain into purpose by working to add crisis intervention training for police officers in Wisconsin among other things.
Listen/watch Episode 5 with captioning below:
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The Mothers Podcast is a 10-episode series that puts a spotlight on mothers from across the U.S. whose children have been killed by police violence. Becoming members of a club that NO ONE would wish to join, these mothers’ stories go beyond the headlines of each case, dissecting the pain, aftermath and the struggle for accountability for the killing of their child. This exploration unveils mothers supporting mothers to overcome grief and create change within their communities all across the country.
The Mothers Podcast features the work of Unicorn Riot interviews going back to 2018 and is a precursor to Unicorn Riot’s upcoming full-length documentary film, ‘The Mothers.’
We’ll be releasing new episodes of the podcast every Sunday for 10 weeks, starting on Mother’s Day. Listen to all the episodes here.
The podcast series is hosted by independent journalist Georgia Fort and Niko Georgiades of Unicorn Riot. Each episode is edited and mixed by DJ Skizz who provides original music along with original songs by MC Longshot and recorded and engineered by Malcolm Wells, along with editing and producing by Tarik Thornton (Different Worlds Music Group).
Part of the funding for this podcast is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts & Cultural Heritage Fund.