Cincinnati Boycotts

The city of Cincinnati is still in turmoil over last April's shooting death of a black man, Timothy Thomas, by a white police officer, later acquitted of criminal charges. A protest group that appealed to stars such as Bill Cosby, Whoopi Goldberg, and Winton Marsalis to cancel engagements in Cincinnati is now locked in litigation with an arts association losing money from the boycott. Tavis Smiley talks with the lawyers for both sides, Lucian Bernard and Mark Edwards, about fairness and the first amendment.



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