• The Broken Policing System | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix
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    The Broken Policing System | Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj | Netflix

    You guys, this is our last episode of the cycle, okay? I just want to let you guys know, okay? We will be back in November with more episodes. I’m sorry. Yes. We gotta recharge the screens. They’re on low-power mode right now, okay? So tonight, we are talking about the real life inspiration for the show COPS. Cops. Now, this year… marks a grim anniversary of three infamous deaths at the hands of the police. Five years ago today, Michael Brown, an unarmed black man, was fatally shot during a scuffle with a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri. Van Dyke, who is white, shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald five…

  • The big problem with how we pick juries
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    The big problem with how we pick juries

    In October of 2014, Jason Van Dyke – a white Chicago police officer – shot and killed Laquan McDonald – a black teenager. A year after the shooting, the city released the graphic video that captured the incident. It shows McDonald walking down a busy roadway, holding a knife. As he walks away from the officers, Van Dyke shoots him. 16 times. “16 shots. 16 shots.” The response to the release of the footage was swift and widespread. Chicago residents protested. The police chief was fired. The state’s attorney was voted out. A Justice Department investigation unearthed a pattern of excessive deadly force and racial bias among Chicago Police officers.…