Ferguson and Los Angeles

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A federal report released yesterday paints a detailed and disturbing picture of institutional racism inside the criminal justice system in Ferguson, MO. According to the Department of Justice, blacks made up 67% of Ferguson’s population between 2012 and 2014, but represented 93% of arrests and 85% of traffic stops; and that’s just one of many examples of civil rights abuses in the report. But what are the stories behind those numbers? We take an in-depth look, and then turn to our own history of racism in policing here in Los Angeles. How are the two cities similar, and different?

Credits

Guests:
Wesley Lowery - Washington Post - @WesleyLowery, Connie Rice - Advancement Project in Los Angeles - @ConnieRicePCN

Host:
Madeleine Brand

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