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January 24, 2020

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Excessive Force
When Does Use of Deadly Force Turn Into Abuse?
Last Featured: 3/19/2007

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In February, the U.S. Supreme Court considered whether the Constitution permits police to use deadly force to stop a fleeing motorist for speeding and reckless driving. Although the case centers on high speed chases, the case raises larger issues about when police can and should use deadly force and whether racial discrimination taints police judgments. Join us for this edition of Justice Talking as we look at police policies and practice.

Interview with a Former Police Officer
Host Margot Adler talks with David Klinger, an academic and former cop, about use of force by police and his own experience shooting a man in the line of duty.

David Klinger is associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He worked for over three years as a patrol officer for the Los Angeles and Redmond (WA) Police Departments. Klinger is the author of Into the Kill Zone: A Cop’s Eye View of Deadly Force.

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Debate on Excessive Use of Force
Law enforcement trainer Jack Ryan and law professor Michael Avery debate Scott v. Harris, a case before the Supreme Court involving the use of police force during a high-speed pursuit. They also tackle broader questions about excessive use of force in policing.

Jack Ryan is an instructor at the Public Agency Training Council, a law enforcement training company. He has 20 years experience as a police officer with the Providence Police Department in Rhode Island. He is also an attorney in Rhode Island and a former adjunct faculty member at Salve Regina University.

Michael Avery is a professor at Suffolk University Law School. He is on the board of the National Police Accountability Project and was president of the National Lawyers Guild. He is also co-author of "Police Misconduct: Law and Litigation," and has published several articles on police misconduct.

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Report from Los Angeles
Heidi Pickman reports on the Los Angles Police Department and the progress of its reforms since the Rodney King beating in 1991.

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Video and Law Enforcement
Host Margot Adler speaks with Eugene O'Donnell about how video recordings of law enforcement in action, from images captured by cell phones to the cameras installed in police cars, have affected policing.

Eugene O'Donnell teaches in the Department of Law, Police Science and Criminal Justice Administration at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He is also a former New York Police Department officer and was a prosecutor in the Kings and Queens County, New York District Attorney's Office.

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Tasers in Houston
Host Margot Adler talks with reporter Roma Khanna about the controversial use of Tasers by the Houston Police Department.

Roma Khanna is a reporter at the Houston Chronicle who has written a series of articles on the use of stun guns by the Houston police.

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Above the Law: Police and the Excessive Use of Force
by Jerome Skolnick and James Fyfe
Brotherhood of Corruption: A Cop Breaks the Silence on Police Abuse, Brutality, and Racial Profiling
by Juan Antonio Juarez
The Politics of Force: Media and the Construction of Police Brutality
by Regina G. Lawrence
Understanding Police Use of Force
by Howard Rahtz
The Right to a Jury Trial
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Innovations in Policing