548: Cops See It Differently, Part Two

548: Cops See It Differently, Part Two

Feb 13, 2015
Our second hour of stories about policing and race. We hear about one city where relations between police and black residents went terribly, and another city where they seem to be improving remarkably. And one of our producers asks: Why aren't police chiefs talking about race after incidents where unarmed black men are wrongly killed by officers? (Here is the bleeped version.)
  • This American Life producer Robyn Semien watched the Eric Garner video with a friend who's a New York cop. Robyn's black. Her friend's white. Robyn says she'd assumed they'd at least find some common ground in how they view the video. They find none. (5 1/2 minutes)PoliceRace

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  • Miki Meek reports on how bad things got for black residents of Miami Gardens, Florida – and why they got so bad – by telling the story of two men, a convenience store owner and one of his employees. (29 minutes)

    Fusion: "Florida city’s ‘stop and frisk’ nabs thousands of kids"
    Miami Herald: "In Miami Gardens, store video catches cops in the act"

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  • FBI Director James Comey gave a speech this week calling for law enforcement to redouble its efforts to serve the black community, and calling for a conversation about race in policing. Producer Robyn Semien has noticed that local big city police chiefs do not think race is a factor in the newsmaking incidents where white officers kill unarmed black men. She and Sean Cole visit a police department that's doing a good job fixing the problem of cops killing black men: the Las Vegas PD. (21 minutes)PoliceRace

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Surveillance video of Earl Sampson under arrest for trespassing at the store where he works.

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