Grand Juries and Police Shootings

The police have a dangerous job. And when they kill a suspect, we tend to give them the benefit of the doubt. It’s rare that officers are prosecuted for killing or harming a suspect. Just yesterday, Los Angeles’ district attorney refused to indict three officers involved in the fatal shooting of an unarmed man who lead them on a high speed chase. And of course there’s Ferguson and Staten Island: no indictments in those cases either. In those two, it was a grand jury’s decision not to indict. Now, California state senator Holly Mitchell has proposed a new law that would ban grand juries from hearing cases against officers accused of using excessive force. We hear from Mitchell and others with different takes on the issue.

Credits

Guests:
Holly Mitchell - California State Senate - @HollyJMitchell, John Burris - civil rights attorney, Laurie Levenson - professor of Criminal Law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California; former federal prosecutor - @LoyolaLawSchool

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Christian Bordal, Matt Holzman, Jolie Myers, Anna Scott