Society & Culture
1990 Vs. 2020: Police Accountability Then Vs. Now and What the Future Holds
Starting in Teaneck, New Jersey once again in this week’s episode, we explore the events leading up to the April 1990 shooting of a Black teenager by a white police officer. More than three decades later, the story is illustrative to America’s current moment, demonstrating both the intractability of racial justice in America and the prospect that lasting change may now be possible.
“The killing of Phillip Pannell in 1990 by a white police officer in Teaneck, New Jersey was an American tragedy that continues to resonate today,” said Mike Kelly, Author, COLOR LINES: The Troubled Dreams of Racial Harmony in an American Town, which The Washington Post called “American journalism at its best.”
In this episode, troubling questions are raised on “Why do these kinds of police killings continue? What changes need to be made?” Guest interviews discuss what happened in Teaneck 30 years ago and what has not yet changed even in the present day -- from law enforcement policies to police accountability and how hiring decisions are made. What could lead to significant and long-term change with the passing of the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act is also discussed.
Featuring voiceover by the Emmy-winning Keith David, this limited series explores the American tragedy of race, police shootings and the search for justice. The series features firsthand accounts, insights, and perspectives from the most prominent voices in civil rights and police reform -- from U.S. Senator Cory Booker to Congresswoman Karen Bass to the Rev. Al Sharpton, civil rights attorney DeWitt Lacy, activist Nupol Kiazolu and others.
In honor of the podcast episode’s discussion topic, listeners are encouraged to support The Movement for Black Lives (M4BL). Learn more at https://m4bl.org/.
01:00 Are police operating with accountability?
02:48 The danger of reactionary policing
04:00 Joanna C Schwartz discusses police accountability
06:22 Overcoming challenges in policing with Senator Cory Booker
11:54 Peter Harvey discusses the Phillip Pannell case
14:43 Anya Bidwell explains qualified immunity
17:29 What happens when warning signs are ignored
19:08 Dan Keashen on Camden’s community policing program
22:31 The difficulties of prosecuting police with Rachel Harmon
25:41 Peter Harvey on the failings of the legal system
32:33 Rev. Al Sharpton discusses how to protect the African-American community
34:37 Senator Cory Booker explains the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
41:38 The future of police accountability with Congresswoman Karen Bass
47:17 Time for police reform
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