FROM Ed Maguire
Public Trust and Police Accountability Intensive policing gets credit for reducing crime, but it's also getting the blame for excessive force on the streets of American cities. Deadly incidents involving black suspects have sparked massive protest in Missouri, Ohio, South Carolina and New York City. In Baltimore, when six officers were charged with crimes, including manslaughter, in the death of the young, black suspect, Freddy Gray, 65% of Americans approved. There, and elsewhere, there are moves for reform opposed by local police unions. Do they still have political clout, or is the climate finally right for civilian oversight?
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.