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On this week’s Slate Political Gabfest, Emily Bazelon, James Forman Jr., and Vesla Weaver discuss the protests in Ferguson, Eric Garner’s death and the problems with “broken windows” policing, and sociologist Alice Goffman’s new book On the Run.
Here are some of the links and references mentioned during this week’s show:
- Following the death of 18-year-old Michael Brown at the hands of a police officer on Saturday, protests erupted in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, Missouri. The police claim that Brown hit an officer, provoking the shooting, while Brown’s friend claims that the officer shot Brown while he was running with his hands up.
- Brown would’ve started college this past Monday.
- Ferguson’s elected officials and police force are not racially representative of the majority-black population. The New York Times reports that no one on the school board is black.
- The Department of Justice studies the percentages of racial breakdowns in districts to determine whether there is voter discrimination.
- Local law enforcement agencies have acquired more sophisticated equipment since the beginning of the War on Drugs.
- The police have not released the name of the officer who shot Brown, but that may soon change.
- Studies show that black boys are frequently viewed as older than they actually are.
- Last month, Eric Garner was allegedly choked to death by Staten Island police officers. Garner’s death was caught on video and went viral.
- Garner’s death is testing how far Mayor Bill de Blasio is willing to enforce his mandate to reform the police department’s relationship with minority communities.
- In the 1985 decision Tennessee v. Garner, the Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement officers cannot shoot a fleeing suspect unless there’s probable cause that the suspect poses a threat to police or the public.
- A recent report issued by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York found that prisoners suffered mistreatment at the hands of guards who have little accountability.
- Some NYPD police union leaders are hinting at possible work slowdowns in response to de Blasio’s seemingly tepid support for police.
- The Supreme Court ruled in Los Angeles v. Lyons that Adolf Lyons, who’d been put in a chokehold by LAPD officers, did not have sufficient standing to bar the city from using chokeholds in the future.
- Adopted by the NYPD to break the crime wave in the ’80s and ’90s, “broken windows” policing has nevertheless been criticized for disproportionately punishing black and Latino communities for minor crimes.
- Sociologist Alice Goffman spent six years in Philadelphia studying the effects of mass surveillance and incarceration on poor black neighborhoods. The culmination of her work is a new book called On the Run.
- Goffman burned her notes to keep them from being subpoenaed.
Vesla chatters about “Divergent Pathways of Gentrification,” a new study of Chicago gentrification written by Harvard sociologists Robert J. Sampson and Jackelyn Hwang.
James chatters about Devil in the Grove: Thurgood Marshall, the Groveland Boys, and the Dawn of a New America.
Emily chatters about Jodi Kantor’s piece in the New York Times, “Working Anything but 9 to 5.”
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