FROM William Scott
The LAPD Can't Do It Alone in South Los Angeles Yesterday, there was standing room only at the Hamilton United Methodist Church in South Los Angeles, where City Councilman Marqueece Harris-Dawson had called an "emergency meeting." It was all about the recent increase in violent crime.
Watts Riots: Policing Today With LAPD Chief William Parker as their general, soldiers exacted swift and often brutal justice in black neighborhoods. And even after Watts erupted in 1965, policing stayed much the same through the 90s. For a look at what it means to police Watts today, we meet up with the deputy chief of South Bureau, that’s the collection of precincts that cover South Los Angeles.
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.
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.
The longest US war: Will Trump send more troops to Afghanistan? The Trump White House is divided over the Pentagon's request for more troops in Afghanistan—where the US has been fighting for the past 16 years. Is there a formula -- either for "victory" or a political settlement? Is there an end in sight for America's longest war?