Episode #693: C.P.R.
First Broadcast: 2/16/15
On February 10, NYPD officer Peter Liang was indicted for the death of Akai Gurley, the unarmed black man whom Liang shot and killed in the stairway of a Brooklyn housing project in November of last year. Liang was charged with second-degree manslaughter, reckless endangerment, second-degree assault, and official misconduct. This is not a bad thing. If it was the other way around, and Mr. Gurley had shot and killed an officer who wasn't threatening anyone, then there would undoubtedly be calls for the death penalty, so it's only fair that a cop who needlessly kills someone be processed through the judicial system as well--though not to death. We're not fans of the death penalty regardless of who's applying it to whom. Perhaps an eventual conviction and sentencing will help break the trend of black men being unnecessarily stopped and arrested by police, convicted and imprisoned at rates higher than white men, and killed by police in numbers that would be too high at any amount. Does this all amount to a systemic effort to disenfranchise black men from voting, in methods not much different from those used during Reconstruction? Is that also the reason why so few black men become police officers in New York City? Do all the needless interactions with law enforcement throughout black men's lives eventually add up to a record that prevents many of them from passing a background check? Or does it all give them more than enough reasons to shun law enforcement as a career altogether, further reducing the number of police who can truly see their own actions through the view of a person of color? I don't have any easy answers, but I think these are good questions.
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this neat little
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Manhattan Neighborhood Network which I co-produce with the
tremendous help of my camerawoman/editor/everything else,
Kim. The complicated answer
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don't always appear within "the mainstream media" (like The New York Times,
the major networks, local radio, etc.), and so far I think it's been working.
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CHANGE THE WAY YOU VOTE!
VOTE FOR RALPH NADER!
SPEAKING OF PATRIOTS . . .
THE N.Y.P.D., THE P.B.A., TWELVE JURORS IN ALBANY, GOVERNOR PATAKI, MAYOR GIULIANI, AND OFFICERS SEAN CARROLL, EDWARD McMELLON, KENNETH BOSS, AND RICHARD MURPHY ALL SUCK
Sadness Is A World With No Peanuts
SOME INTERVIEWS ABOUT SUCKING INTERNS DON'T SUCK
THE HOUSE SUCKS
I LIKE DR PEPPER!
SOME INTERNS (ALLEGEDLY) SUCK
JOE BRUNO SUCKS
Read all about my letter, which was published in the New York Press on July 9, 1997.
Here you can view an op-ed I sent to the New York Times, which they never printed. Maybe I'll add an even larger essay in the future.
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