FROM Ryan Gabrielson
Investigation into former NFL star and serial rapist Darren Sharper Last year, former NFL star Darren Sharper was partying with models and other sports stars at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood. On the way to another party, Sharper convinced two women to stop by his hotel in Century City. He offered them drinks and ten minutes later, the women were unconscious. Three days later, Darren Sharper was arrested on charges of rape. It wasn’t the first time he’d drugged and raped women. He has admitted to raping 9 women in 4 states. His prison sentence: 20 years, with a chance of parole after 9 years. Is that punishment harsh enough? A new investigation by ProPublica reveals that many of the rapes might have been prevented.
Fear and Bias from the Streets to the Courtroom Since white police officers recently killed unarmed black men and boys in New York, Cleveland and Ferguson, Missouri, street protests have continued around the country and put America’s justice system on trial. There’s unequal treatment not just in the use of force but also the power of prosecutors to racially profile criminal suspects. Overt racism may be on the decline, but fear, unconscious bias and stereotyping are harder to recognize and overcome. Will sharing experiences on social media help close the gaps? Will training programs lead to reforms?
Documented Abuse of Patients at State Institutions A report by California Watch has raised questions about the level of care for 1800 Californians with cerebral palsy, mental disabilities and severe autism. It found 850 documented cases in the past three years of patient abuse or unexplained injuries at five so-called "Development Centers" run by the state. In three years, there were only two related arrests. In one incident, an autistic man died after his neck was broken and his spinal cord was crushed and disfigured. Internal investigators failed to protect evidence and waited five days to interview witnesses.
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.
Janesville and the American Dream Janesville, Wisconsin is the hometown of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. But he couldn’t prevent the closing of the General Motors factory after 100 years. On this Memorial Day rebroadcast of To the Point, we hear what’s happened to what once was a model of American middle-class unity.