Devastated after his brother was fatally shot by a white man who claimed self-defense, Yance Ford investigates the killing —and the role race played —in a new Netflix documentary
LIFE CUT SHORT William Ford Jr., 24 (in an undated photo), was gunned down by a white man who claimed he was acting in self-defense.

The year before he was shot through the heart—killed by a man who was never prosecuted—people were calling 24-year-old William Ford Jr. a hero. Compassionate and ambitious, the college-educated high school math teacher had chased down an armed robber moments after the man shot an assistant district attorney outside a bank in Brooklyn. Ford pinned the attacker to the pavement until police could arrive.

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