Deadly Force And Race

GUESTS: BOB STEWART Executive Director of the National Association of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE), Alexandria, VA Former Chief of Police, Ormond Beach, FL Retired in 1991 as captain after 22 years of service in the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police Dept. WILLIAM GELLER Director of Geller & Associates in Wilmette, IL (offers technical assistance, education & research to police departments and governments on humane policing) Author, Police Violence: Understanding & Controlling Police Abuse of the Force [Yale University Press, 1996] Amadou Diallo, an immigrant from West Africa, was killed in the Bronx by four police officers in a barrage of forty-one shots early this month. He was unarmed and had no criminal record. Some civil rights groups have asserted that this incident is symptomatic of a larger problem — police using deadly force disproportionately against minorities. How can police departments win the trust of minority communities? Join Ray Suarez and guests for a look inside police culture and a discussion of ways training programs can help police departments avoid tragedies like Diallo's death...on the next "Talk of the Nation" from NPR News.

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