'Radical' podcast investigates what really happened during a shootout in Atlanta's West End

Jamil Abdullah Al-Amin, the past leader of a local mosque in Atlanta's West End an an ex-Black Panther, is the focus of the new podcast, 'Radical.' Al-Amin was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in the aftermath of a shootout that left a Fulton Sheriff's Deputy dead and another wounded. (Courtesy of Campside Media)

A new investigative podcast is centering on a prominent Atlanta civil rights activist who was convicted of murder and efforts to re-examine his case decades later.

The series called “Radical” is a dive into the life of Jamil Al-Amin, a Black Muslim who was a beacon in Atlanta’s West End community.

On March 16, 2000, Fulton Sheriff’s deputies were trying to serve a warrant on Al-Amin at a local mosque. A shootout followed and left a Fulton County Sheriff’s deputy dead. Another officer who survived claimed the shooter was Al-Amin.

While many people testified on Al-Amin’s behalf, including former U.N. Ambassador Andrew Young, the now 80-year-old Al-Amin was convicted and sentenced to life in prison.

Hosting the podcast is journalist Mosi Secret, a former New York Times and ProPublica reporter. Secret sat down with WABE’s “Morning Edition” and began the conversation by talking about why Al-Amin’s case generated both local and national attention.

Lily Oppenheimer contributed to this report.