In These Times recently hosted a discussion on police brutality, the Ferguson riots, and the possibilities — and limits — of police reform. I took part, alongside Frank Chapman, an organizer with the National Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression, Frederick Collins, a Chicago cop and mayoral candidate, and Jessica Stites, ITT‘s web editor and facilitator for the conversation.
I gave a couple of interviews on the recent events in Ferguson, and the myriad issues it raised: police violence, racial profiling, zero-tolerance policing, militarization, crowd control, and the various forms resistance can take.
The first was a roundtable discussion on the Marc Steiner Show in Baltimore. The other guests were a retired cop and a community activist. The conversation didn’t go the way I expected, in part because no one tried to defend the police, and in part because I was outflanked from the left.
The second was a one-on-one interview with KBOO’s Bill Resnick in Portland. Among other things we talked about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s essay in Time, “The Coming Race War Won’t be about Race.” The interview is titled “Our Enemies in Ferguson,” which I think is pretty clever.