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“A Stopgap for a Much Larger Problem”: What Police Reform Could Look Like

“A Stopgap for a Much Larger Problem”: What Police Reform Could Look Like

Skimm This - June 5, 2020 - 27:56

People across the US have flooded into the streets to protest police violence against black Americans. We’ll break down some of the concerns protests are highlighting, including disparities in how law enforcement treats black Americans, as well as police militarization. We’ll also talk to an expert about some potential solutions.Also: if you’re seeing calls to donate to a bail fund and wondering how those work, we’ll explain. And finally, we’re ‘pressing pause’ to highlight the creative ways people are documenting their lives during the COVID-19 pandemic. On this episode, you’ll hear from: Kimberly Burke, research fellow at the Center for Policing Equity Bernadette Rabuy, senior policy analyst at the Prison Policy Initiative Let us know what questions you have about what’s going on in the news right now. Email us at or call and leave us a voicemail at: 646-461-6370. You might hear your message on the show. If you want to add theSkimm to your daily routine, sign-up for our free newsletter the Daily Skimm. It’s everything you need to know to start your day, right in your inbox.

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