We hosted a National News Roundtable, where our guests reflected on the latest headlines.
With: Dr. Lester Spence, Associate Professor of Political Science and Africana Studies and one of two co-directors of the Center for Africana Studies at Johns Hopkins University, and author of a number of publications including the books Stare in the Darkness: Hip-hop and the Limits of Black Politics and Knocking the Hustle: Against the Neoliberal Turn in Black Politics; Dr. Ray Winbush, Director of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University; and Dr. Roni Ellington, Associate Professor of Mathematics Education at Morgan State University.
With our panel of guests we discussesed Baltimore’s Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) program, created to divert low-level drug offenders away from arrest, to treatment and other support services.
With: Crista Taylor, Vice President for Programs of the Behavioral Health System of Baltimore; Captain James Rhoden, Baltimore City Police Department; and Scott Nolan, Director of the Drug Addiction Treatment Program for Open Society Institute-Baltimore.
We begin the show with Episode 2 of The World ThatBrought Us Freddie Gray, a 5-part radio documentary produced by students at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in collaboration with the UMBC American Studies Department, Baltimore Traces, and the Center for Emerging Media. During the past semester as part of the UMBC American Studies Class “Radio In American Culture” taught by Steiner Show producer Stefanie Mavronis and myself, students have worked to produce a series highlighting the voices of residents of Baltimore City who have all in one way or another been affected by the death of Freddie Gray and the Uprising that followed.
Episode 2 on Policing and Police-Community Relations features the voices of civil rights layer A Dwight Pettit, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition’s Neill Franklin, Communities United’s John Comer, Gilmor Homes resident Tyesha Harrell, McCulloh Homes resident Rochelle Barksdale, former Baltimore police officer Michael A. Wood Jr., and The Real News’ Eddie Conway.
Production, research, editing, and voice work for today’s segment on Policing and Police-Community Relations was done by: Jeremy Mosier, Charlie Klontz, Laura Osborne, and Bryan Hargraves with executive production assistance by Marc Steiner, Stefanie Mavronis and Adam Droneburg.
Listen to a special 2-hour broadcast of excerpts from a town hall meeting I moderated Wednesday night at the Real News Network, on the role of the community in the Police Department. The panel and the audience – including representatives from the Baltimore Police Department, public officials, activists and community members – debated and discussed the issues and possible solutions.
Included in the discussion were: the ACLU’s Sonia Kumar; community activist Kim Trueheart; Adam Jackson of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Chief of the Baltimore Police Department’s Community Partnership Division Lt. Col. Melvin Russell; criminal defense attorney J. Wyndal Gordon; former Black Panther Marshall “Eddie” Conway; Baltimore County Police Department Lt. Jeffrey Shorter; Alok Mukherjee of the Toronto Police Services Board; and Dr. Ray Winbush of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.
Click here to see a transcript of the town hall and the full-length video of the event.
We host a Baltimore News Roundtable discussion, on topics to include: the plastic bag ban, body cameras, and school closings. With: Dr. John Bullock, professor of Political Science at Towson University; Adam Jackson, CEO of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; and Catalina Byrd, media consultant, political strategist, and co-Host of No Hooks for the Hip-Hop Chronicles on WEAA.
On today’s Baltimore news roundup, we talk about city school closings, education funding, body cameras, and the plastic bag ban, with: Ralph Moore, Coordinator of Mentoring at Ex-Offender Mentoring Academy and Training Center; Anthony McCarthy, host of the Anthony McCarthy Show on WEAA; Tyrone Keys, author, public affairs strategist, and public relations expert; and Kim Truehart, longtime citizen activist.
Hear our interview with Baltimore Police Commissioner Anthony Batts. We discuss issues facing Baltimore, including murders in the city, gang violence, police training, and officer-involved shootings. Comment with your unanswered questions and feedback for the Commissioner, who will be joining us in the coming month for a live segment.
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