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Recent deaths of young black men by police have resulted in no indictments or public trials. Will police body cameras help restore confidence in the justice system?

Also, almost 200 nations have delegates in Peru to establish new rules for another climate-change summit next year in Paris. Is progress likely or could time and resources be spent more constructively? 

Photo: (L) Washington, DC protest after the grand jury failed to indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, photo by Joe Newman; (R) screen grab of police using chokehold on Eric Garner in Staten Island, New York.

Officer who Shot Tamir Rice Was Regarded as Unstable 6 MIN, 30 SEC

In the aftermath of non-indictments for police killings in Ferguson and New York, Attorney General Eric Holder's in Cleveland, Ohio today.  He announced a consent decree that will lead to federal monitoring of lethal force by the police in that city. Holder says history shows “meaningful change” is possible in Cleveland, as it has been in other cities.  Meantime, since the incidents the Justice Department investigated, there's been another case in Cleveland that's caused public outrage.  A white officer named Tim Loehmann shot and killed Tamir Rice, a black 12-year-old who was playing with a toy gun in a public park. Alison Vingiano is a reporter with BuzzFeed News.

Alison Vingiano, BuzzFeed News (@alivingiano)

Who's Accountable for Police Killings? 33 MIN, 28 SEC

In New York, the medical examiner called a videoed killing "homicide" by chokehold, but the grand jury did not return an indictment. In Ferguson, there was no video, and testimony conflicted, but there's been outrage nationwide because there was no indictment and no public trial.  Now in Cleveland, there are troubling new revelations about the white policeman who killed a 12-year old black boy playing with a toy gun in a public park.  President Obama wants to outfit cops with body cameras.  Will that help restore lost confidence in the justice system?

Mychal Denzel Smith, The Nation (@mychalsmith)
Delores Jones-Brown, John Jay College Center on Race, Crime and Justice (@JohnJayResearch)
Joel Shults, National Center for Police Advocacy (@ChiefShults)
Wayne Bennett, TheFieldNegro.com (@fieldnegro)
Brian Burghart, Reno News & Review (@fatalencounters)

President Obama on building trust between communities and local police
Wall Street Journal on police killings uncounted for in federal statistics

Cause for Optimism at the UN Climate Talks in Lima, Peru? 10 MIN, 4 SEC

This year's global temperatures will have been the highest since records began in 1880. Against that background, almost 200 nations are meeting in Peru, establishing strategy for another global climate-change summit next year in Paris.   They got a recent boost when the US and China made an announcement on cutting carbon.  We look at the objectives and the chance for success with former US Senator Tim Wirth, the top international climate negotiator for the Clinton Administration and now Vice Chairman of the United Nations Foundation, and Steven Cohen, Executive Director of Columbia University's Earth Institute and a Professor in the School of International and Public Affairs.

Thanks to Sasa Woodruff for production assistance.

Tim Finn, in-studio artist
Steven A. Cohen, Columbia University (@StevenACohen)


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