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Law Enforcement on Trial in America

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In Charleston, South Carolina cellphone video appears to show criminal conduct by police officer Michael Slager. He was fired and charged with murder shortly after the video went viral. It's the most damning in a series of videos that have created a crisis of public confidence in law enforcement.

Such recent body-cam and bystander videos appear to confirm the worst accusations against police in some parts of America. They show what looks like racial profiling, abuse of force and tampering with evidence. They suggest that some cops believe they can get away with murder. Everybody agrees police face danger on a daily basis, but there's a growing consensus that steps are needed to counteract a loss of public confidence. Is better training what's needed to overcome deficiencies in cop culture?

Credits

Guests:
Brian Hicks - Post and Courier - @BriHicks_PandC, Jim McNeff - Fountain Valley Police Department (retired) - @JimMcNeff, Walter Katz - police oversight attorney - @walterwkatz, Seth Stoughton - University of South Carolina School of Law - @policelawprof, Lorie Fridell - University of South Florida

More:
Hicks on body cameras, the beset way to avoid bad encounters with the police, Tennessee v. Garner, Graham v. Connor

Host:
Warren Olney

Producers:
Andrea Brody, Christine Detz, Sáša Woodruff