FROM Jamilah Lemieux
Was Sandra Bland's Only Crime 'Contempt of Cop?' The coroner in Waller County, Texas called it a jailhouse suicide, but authorities are investigating it as a case of murder. Since Sandra Bland was found hanged in her jail cell last week, her family says the verdict of suicide is "unfathomable." They've demanded to know how a routine traffic stop led to her arrest in the first place. Yesterday, Texas officials released video recorded from the officers dash cam. What does that evidence reveal about why the young, black woman was originally arrested? Gloria Browne-Marshall is a professor of constitutional law at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. She's author of Race, Law and American Society: 1607 to the Present .
Fear and Bias from the Streets to the Courtroom Since white police officers recently killed unarmed black men and boys in New York, Cleveland and Ferguson, Missouri, street protests have continued around the country and put America’s justice system on trial. There’s unequal treatment not just in the use of force but also the power of prosecutors to racially profile criminal suspects. Overt racism may be on the decline, but fear, unconscious bias and stereotyping are harder to recognize and overcome. Will sharing experiences on social media help close the gaps? Will training programs lead to reforms?
What happens when America retreats from the world? Is President Trump taking his "America First" agenda to extremes, withdrawing the country from the international stage on trade and climate change, distancing America from its traditional allies across the Atlantic and even threatening to physically isolate the country through the building of a wall along its southern border? León Krauze guest hosts.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.