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Thursday, December 25, 2014
Diane Rehm Guest Gets To The Nub Of Police Violence And How Easily It's Prevented
New York City police officer Darren Cox, right, accompanied by fellow officers, leaves flowers at a memorial in the Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood of the Brooklyn on Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014 in honor of two police officers who were shot there Saturday.
Alan: Diane's guest David Klinger (professor of criminology and criminal justice) gives lucid analysis on how to minimize deadly police force by "structuring the encounter" with suspects by "staying back" and "slowing things down" in order to "create space" wherein tempers can cool before they explode. At minute #34 of the audio file below, Klinger points out that these demonstrably successful approaches are standard operating procedure in most major police departments and that their viability is validated by "every study." Klinger also spotlights swashbuckling disregard of these procedures in the recent deadly encounter with a nine year old (black) boy playing with toy gun, a boy who would not have been shot were he white.
Cleveland Police Shoot And Kill 12 Year Old With Toy Gun
In a speech yesterday New York Mayor Bill de Blasio called the murder of two New York police officers last weekend ‘an attack on all of us’, ‘an attack on our democracy.‘ He said it was time ‘to put aside political debate’ and ‘to put aside protests.’ The man who killed the two officers as they sat in their patrol car had claimed his actions were in retaliation for the deaths of Michael Ferguson and Eric Garner. Some protestors and some politicians, including Mayor de Blasio, are being accused of raising anti-police sentiment. Please join us to discuss the killings of two police officers in New York and the on-going debate over racial fairness in the U.S. criminal justice system. Alan: Diane's guest David Klinger (professor of criminology and criminal justice) gives an insightful analysis of how to minimize counterproductive, injurious and even deadly police force by "structuring the encounter" with suspects by "staying back" and "slowing things down" in order to "create space" in which tempers can cool before tempers explode. Klinger points out that these demonstrably successful approaches are standard operating procedure in most major police departments whose viability is validated by "every study." Klinger
David Klinger associate professor, department of criminology and criminal justice,University of Missouri, St Louis
Paul Butler professor at Georgetown Law School.
James Pasco executive director, Fraternal Order of Police
David Goodman reporter, New York Times
Sherrilyn Ifill president and director-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund