Intelligence Squared U.S.: Is Policing Racially Biased?

Intelligence Squared U.S.: Is Policing Racially Biased?

Sun, 03/19/2017 - 9:00pm

In 2014, the shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri, set off a wave of protests and sparked a movement targeting racial disparities in criminal justice.  Since then, there have been other controversial deaths of African Americans at the hands of law enforcement that have captured the public’s attention, from Tamir Rice, to Philando Castile.  But there are some who say that these encounters, many of them recorded, have fed a narrative of biased policing that the data does not back up, vilifying people who are trying to do good in a difficult job that often puts them in harm’s way.  What are the statistics, and how should we interpret them?  How have recent incidents shaped our view of policing?  Does crime drive law enforcement’s use of force, or is there racial bias? Intelligence Squared U.S.: Is Policing Racially Biased? airs Sunday, March 19, 2017 at 9 p.m. on AM 1370.

For the motion: Gloria Browne-Marshall- Associate Professor of Constitutional Law, John Jay College of Criminal Justice & Former Civil Rights Attorney and Marq Claxton- Black Law Enforcement Alliance & Retired NYPD Detective.

Against the motion: Heather Mac Donald- Thomas W. Smith Fellow, Manhattan Institute & Author, the War on Cops and Harry Stern- Attorney, Rains Lucia Stern & Former Police Officer.