The Urbanist

What’s the role of the police in our cities?

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18 June 2020

Episode 453

30 minutes


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The demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd have put police forces in the spotlight, particularly in the US, where they have reignited debate about the role of the police and whether forces need to be overhauled.

18 June 2020

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Chapter 1

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Chapter 1

What happened

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It’s now been over three weeks since the death of African-American George Floyd in Minneapolis after a white police officer knelt on his neck for nearly nine minutes during his arrest. Our Americas editor at large, Ed Stocker, brings us a recap of what happened and the protest movement it sparked.

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Chapter 2

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Chapter 2

Is better policing possible?

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So what is the role of the police in our cities? This is a question Tracey L Meares has been looking at in depth. She’s the founding director of the Justice Collaboratory at Yale Law School and, in 2014, President Obama appointed her to his task force on 21st-century policing.

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