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Has the U.S. Reached a Tipping Point on Police Violence?

Sep 23, 2015 | 28 videos
Video by The Atlantic

At this year's Aspen Ideas Festival, we asked a group of professors, activists, and authors to weigh in on the current discussion around policing methods. "Police must stop thinking about crime reduction as self-justifying," says Yale professor Tracey Meares. However, former NYPD commissioner Ray Kelly believes the severity of the situation is slightly overblown: "The police have a much better relationship with communities of color than you would see portrayed in the media," he said. "When there's a bad situation, it gets all the attention." Other panelists include Clifton Kinnie, Ta-Nehisi Coates, and Bruce Western.

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Authors: Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg, Sam Price-Waldman, Daniel Lombroso

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