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Now displaying: May, 2015

Welcome to the WhoWhatWhy Podcast.

May 21, 2015
No one ever said it was easy to be a cop, and the gig only gets tougher. On the one hand, community organizers and local leaders are calling for more personal policing; more positive interactions between law enforcement and civilians. On the other hand, we're handing out riot gear and war weaponry as if the police were another branch of the military. 
 
Terminator-style SWAT equipment and armored carriers are now ubiquitous in precincts nationwide. One needs only to look at the images of Baltimore earlier this year, or Boston after the Marathon bombing, to see how this equipment can result in police ability to lockdown a city as if it were an occupying force.
 
Washington Post reporter and author of The Rise of the Warrior Cop Radley Balko talks with WhoWhatWhy's Jeff Schechtman about the perfect storm that led to the militarization of America's police forces and what it means for our liberty.
May 7, 2015

It’s been 23 years since the 1992 race riots in LA sparked by the beating of Rodney King. With Baltimore burning, what’s really changed?

 

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