Remembering the fourth anniversary of Eric Garner’s death and the recent dismissal of the officer who killed him, Austin and Aaron discuss the broad-reaching topics of police misconduct and brutality. Both hosts discuss the widespread issue of police believing that they are above the law, as well as the problematic ways that the populace reinforces this behavior, as well as discussing how we need to change the conversation surrounding law enforcement and the police in general if we want to see any sort of societal move away from the current authoritarian model.
A data-driven brief on police violence, specifically homicides, in the U.S.: https://granta.com/violence-in-blue/?smid=nytcore-ios-share
Patrick Lynch’s statement on why he disagreed with the dismissal of Pantaleo from the NYPD: https://dstarnews.com/eric-garner-justice-nypd-fires-officer-daniel-pantaleo/
Elie Mystal for The Nation on why there needs to be more of a crackdown on police authoritarianism: https://www.thenation.com/article/eric-garner-oneill-pantaleo-fired/
CATO’s summary of the police officer who shot a child in the knee and has been declared immune from charges: https://www.cato.org/blog/eleventh-circuit-grants-immunity-officer-who-shot-child-lying-ground-while-trying-shoot?fbclid=IwAR0z6K3_uVfaUnv4tH1LvcKhAxfgwqZirRzoHs8RSLkr7ULty_wDe-E0AsQ
A brief overview on Joe Arpaio, the Arizona Sheriff who embodies a lot of the problems discussed in this episode: https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/27/us/joe-arpaio-sheriff-pardon.html?action=click&module=RelatedLinks&pgtype=Article
An overview on some of Arpaio’s specific legal issues: https://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-joe-arpaio-verdict-20170706-story.html
Seth McFarlane’s “Family Guy” speech that Aaron references: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYVnetmZ2ow