The police shooting of Michael Brown has now become “ground zero” for race relations on America because of the potential short and long-term effects. Monday night prosecuting attorney, Robert McCullochthat the grand jury decided that Wilson acted within the limits of the lethal-force law.
Unlike the Rodney King beating in March of 1991 by L.A police, the Black community of Ferguson did not wait a year later to react. Unlike 1991, the Ferguson protesters set a new record, and began rioting within 72 hours of the actual incident which lasted for over 100 days leading up to Mondays controversial grand jury decision.
POLICING THE BLACK COMMUNITY
With rioting simultaneously taking place in over 100 cities across the United States, WNPR Where We Live recorded a live broadcast at Central Connecticut State University. They brought together academics and activists, researchers and an outspoken police officer, to join in frank conversation with students and others from the community.
- Timothy Black, Associate Professor of Sociology at Case Western University, author of On Becoming a Teen Mom: Life Before Pregnancy
- LaResse Harvey, Director of Strategic Relations at A Better Way Foundation
- Agnus Kurzyna, Community Activist in New Britain, CT
- Roderick Anderson, PhD Candidate in Anthropology at UMass Amherst
- Shafiq Abdussabur, author of A Black Man’s Guide to Law Enforcement in America, and Law Enforcement Officer
Where We Live: By Catie Talarski & John Dankosky
Blue Police in Black Communities
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