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Officials have identified Micah Johnson as the sniper who killed five police officers and wounded seven others Thursday night at a demonstration in downtown Dallas. It has been a week of violence and racial tension across the nation, and amid it all, black police officers are in a delicate position. We’ll speak with a black former police lieutenant.

Then, the Dallas Police Department is well-regarded for its community policing approach, which the city has credited with a decrease in excessive force complaints and arrests. Will this week’s events alter the community-oriented approach of police departments across the US?

What’s the state of police-community relations in Los Angeles? A gang interventionist tells us about his involvement with LAPD’s efforts to improve community relations in South LA.

Next, for those looking for escapism this weekend, “The Secret Life of Pets” is coming to a cineplex near you.

And finally, LA’s Outfest film festival has come a long way since it began in 1982 as the Gay and Lesbian Media Festival and Conference.

Photo credit: Carlo Allegri 

Producers:
Matt Holzman
Anna Scott
Jolie Myers
Christian Bordal
Sarah Sweeney

A Black Police Officer Reacts 10 MIN, 13 SEC

Officials have identified Micah Johnson as the sniper who killed five police officers and wounded seven others Thursday night at a demonstration in downtown Dallas. Johnson was eventually killed by police. Earlier this week, videos of two black men being shot and killed by cops in Baton Rouge and Minnesota went viral. It has been a week of violence and racial tension across the nation, and amid it all, black police officers are in a delicate position.

Guests:
Charles Wilson, Chairman, Retired Police Lieutenant

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Latest in Dallas

Dallas Police Praised for Community-Policing Approach 7 MIN, 37 SEC

Protests were peaceful Thursday in Dallas before shooting broke out. The Dallas Police Department had been posting pictures of the demonstrations on Twitter, including one of officers smiling alongside a protester. The department is well regarded for its relationship with the community it serves. In recent years, Dallas PD has taken a community policing approach, and they credit that approach with a decrease in excessive force complaints and arrests. Community policing has been adopted in cities across the country, especially since President Obama formed a task force to push that approach following the chokehold death of Eric Garner in 2014. Will this week’s events alter the community-oriented approach of police departments across the US?

Guests:
Albert Samaha, Reporter (@AlbertSamaha)

What’s the State of Police-Community Relations in LA? 8 MIN, 28 SEC

Former Los Angeles Police Chief Bill Bratton is credited with bringing a community policing approach to the LAPD, a department that, before his arrival in 2002, had been notorious for its poor relationship with the city’s minority communities. Chief Charlie Beck has continued and expanded the community policing policy. At an LAPD graduation ceremony Friday, Chief Beck told new police recruits to have empathy for those they with whom they come into contact. What’s the state of police-community relations in Los Angeles? A gang interventionist tells us about his involvement with LAPD’s efforts to improve community relations in South LA.

Guests:
Skipp Townsend, 2nd Call (@SkippTownsend)

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2nd Call website

New Films to Escape With This Weekend 12 MIN, 50 SEC

For those looking for escapism this weekend, the family-friendly animated film “The Secret Life of Pets” is coming to the local cineplex. But if raunchy is more your thing, “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” may be the flick for you.

Guests:
Roth Cornet, HitFix (@RothCornet)
Amy Nicholson, Film Critic (@theamynicholson)

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HitFix

LA’s Outfest Has Come a Long Way Since ‘82 8 MIN, 53 SEC

Outfest, LA’S LGBTQ film festival, opened last night with a gala screening of “The Intervention,” a film about friends who go on a trip to break up a marriage. The festival has come a long way since it began in 1982 as the "Gay and Lesbian Media Festival and Conference." Alonso Duralde, one of Press Play’s regular film reviewers is a Senior Programmer at Outfest.

Guests:
Alonso Duralde, Film Critic (@ADuralde)

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