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1A Across America: Police Shootings And Transparency

Protesters gathered inside Hoover's Riverchase Galleria Mall days after the police shooting of EJ Bradford Jr. in 2018.
Protesters gathered inside Hoover's Riverchase Galleria Mall days after the police shooting of EJ Bradford Jr. in 2018.

A white police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, in Ferguson, Missouri five years ago. The shooting ignited a national movement for racial justice and police reform.

In response to public pressure, some police departments started using body cameras and increased transparency.

But many police departments don’t release the names of the officers involved in fatal shootings. The families of several people shot and killed by police in recent years, including one outside Birmingham, Alabama, are calling for police to disclose these names.

Does this confidentiality make it harder for the public to hold police accountable for their actions, or does it protect officers from harassment?”

Produced by James Morrison.

1A Across America is funded through a grant from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. CPB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967 that is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting.

GUESTS

Janae Pierre, Reporter, WBHM; @missjanaepierre

Art Acevedo, Chief, Houston Police Department; president, Major Cities Chiefs Association; @ArtAcevedo

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