Sunday, October 21, 2018

Behind The Eric Garner Video Of A Deadly Confrontation With Police | TIME

Improving relations with minorities

Following the death of Eric Garner, who was strangled in a head hold while being arrested, CBS' "Face the Nation" interviewed police and African American community representatives. Kaplan (2015) wrote: "African Americans feel they are treated differently ... there is aggressive targeting of black people." Recommendations were training to change the culture of policing and the use of body cameras and smart phone technology to assure accountability and protect police. Suggestions were made to end racial profiling and establish standards for the use of force. Camden, New Jersey, has adopted a policy of "building the community first and enforcing the law second." Police do this by establishing human contact, walking the beat, getting outside of squad cars and talking to residents about what matters most to them.

Kaplan, Rebecca. (2014, December 7). How do police improve relations with minority communities? CBS' Face the Nation. Retrieved from

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Critical Incident Video Release NRF046-18

This critical incident briefing provided the public direct information without mass media coverage. It is detailed and provides the context of the kidnapping, car chase, and final arrest of the suspect, Gene Evin Atkins. Is it, as the lawyers for the family of the Trader's Joe manager who was killed as a bystander, a “slickly produced public relations piece”? Or does it provide information the public would not have gotten otherwise?

Chan, C. (2018, September 4).  LAPD's release of additional video of Trader Joe's shooting criticized by family of shooting victim. LA Times Online. Retrieved from

Thursday, August 23, 2018