In the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd at the hands of police, and the resulting Black Lives Matter uprisings and protests, there has been an ongoing national conversation regarding police brutality and race. In Part 1 of a two-episode series, Jaye contends that to discuss police brutality in an honest way, we must discuss policing in America. What are some common hurdles to discussing the issue, and what are some important facts in regards to policing and race? Jaye also delves into the history of US policing, including why modern police departments were developed. Is the system truly broken, or working as intended?
CONTENT WARNING: The following episode involves discussion of crime and police brutality, including violence, injury & death. Listener discretion is advised.
Philando Castile was a 32-year old school worker from St. Paul, Minnesota who was killed during a traffic stop after he declared he had a gun on him, one that was legal for him to carry. After the incident, and after the officer who shot Castile was tried and acquitted of wrongdoing, many people called on the National Rifle Association (NRA) to speak out against the killing. They did not make any substantive statements on the incident. Many criticized the group for failing to speak out about a legal gun owner who died because he exercised his Second Amendment right to bear arms.
The NRA promoted an ad a few days ago that many observers believe is a thinly-veiled call for the right to attack the left. But is this ad the NRA’s way of answering the question – Why won’t the NRA speak out regarding the death of Philando Castile?