Race relations and policing: How to handle the relationship with police?

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LAPD officers arrest demonstrators protesting the death of George Floyd in downtown Los Angeles. Photo by Brian Feinzimer for KCRW.

Police have aggressively responded to protesters, firing tear gas and rubber bullets. In other cases, some law enforcement officers have joined activists by taking a knee or marching with them. But for some, there remains a lack of trust between communities of color and police. 

UCLA race historian Brenda Stevenson discusses the topic with the KCRW and KQED hosts, plus Alicia Garza, co-creator of Black Lives Matter and Principal of Black Futures Lab.

Credits

Guests:

  • Brenda Stevenson - professor of history and African American studies at UCLA; author of “The Contested Murder of Latasha Harlins: Justice, Gender, and the Origins of the LA Riots” - @uclahist
  • Alicia Garza - Black Lives Matter and Black Futures Lab

Producer:

Cerise Castle