FROM Jamil Smith
Are videos desensitizing us to police shootings of black men? An unarmed black man was shot and killed by police Tuesday in the San Diego suburb of El Cajon. Police there don’t wear body cams, but a woman working at a nearby drive-thru recorded a video of the incident with her cellphone, which she voluntarily turned over to police. The San Diego County District Attorney’s office requires footage of officer-involved shootings be made public. El Cajon police say they’ll withhold the footage for now pending their investigation. But when the video is eventually released, it will appear on people’s news feed or television screen. Whether it’s official dash cam footage or a livestream on Facebook, we’re exposed to video of police killing people like never before. At what cost ?
Tonight in Philadelphia: It's Up to Hillary Clinton To what started out as a divided convention, President Obama summed up the week's most important message in three words, "Don't boo. Vote." He acknowledged the troubles of some Americans, but said Hillary Clinton is uniquely qualified to continue the progress made during his eight years. He invoked Ronald Reagan's "shining city on a hill" in contrast to Donald Trump's dark vision of "a divided crime scene." We hear how Joe Biden, Tim Kaine -- even Michael Bloomberg — helped set the stage for tonight's acceptance by the first woman nominee for the White House. Photo courtesy of the Clinton campaign
Democratic Debate Recap It was Democrats helping Democrats in a mostly collegial debate last night. There was less name-calling and far fewer candidates on stage compared to the Republican debates. There were also fewer viewers, only 15 million compared to an average 24 million for the first two GOP debates.
Charleston Grapples with Mass Killing at Historic Church Just 14 hours after nine people were killed during prayer service a historic black church in South Carolina, 21-year old Dylann Storm Roof was arrested at a traffic stop 200 miles away in the town of Shelby, North Carolina. He's reported as saying he wanted to kill black people. Charleston Police Chief Gregory Mullen voiced appreciation for "all the people who came together during a very tragic situation, a horrific situation. And one that has touched the heart and soul of every person who lives in this community." The federal government has opened a hate-crime investigation. We hear how the victims are being remembered and get President Obama's reaction .
Will the march for science politicize objective research? Protesters are gathering all over the country for tomorrow's Earth Day March for Science. Since President Trump has proposed massive cuts in basic scientific research, will the movement be perceived as partisan politics — whether scientists themselves like it or not?
The flight bumping heard around 'round the world Recent video of a passenger forcibly removed from a United Airlines plane is a worst-case example of what's happened since consolidation into just four US-based carriers. Management seems to be tone-deaf to a decline in service — and even abuse — of passengers.
Truth and Lies in Trumpland Donald Trump is using mis-information like no President has before him. It's an unprecedented challenge to the news media, and a potential threat to democracy. We hear how the "leader of all the people" is dividing Americans and confusing the rest of the world.