Dallas Police Chief David Brown suggested a novel solution for Black Lives Matter protestors: Get a job as a part of our team. The department’s application numbers have tripled since he gave his statement.
“Serve your communities,” he said at a news conference four days after the five officers were killed in an ambush by a man angry about police shootings in Louisiana, Minnesota and across the country. “We’re hiring. Get off that protest line and put an application in. We’ll put you in your neighborhood and we will help you resolve some of the problems you’re protesting about.”
The department has struggled to keep officers due to low salaries alongside extremely high-risk situations. Brown says it’s just not a sustainable model, so Dallas PD was clearly in need of some help, even before five officers were brutally murdered by a lone wolf shooter at a Black Lives Matter rally.
In light of the national scrutiny brought to his department by the tragedy, Chief Brown has been an eloquent, diplomatic presence, but his department has wrestled with troubling allegations. As Buzzfeed has it: “Mothers Against Police Brutality claims that the Dallas Police Department has dismissed more than 95% of all complaints filed by citizens from 1995 through August 2015. That overwhelming dismissal rate, they say, undercuts one of Brown’s signature achievements: the 64% drop in excessive force complaints since he took over as chief …If virtually all complaints are dismissed, activists say, then the ballyhooed decline could merely reflect a hopelessness, a belief that filing a complaint is a waste of time.”
This complicates Chief Brown’s offer to get more protesters into police uniforms, but the narrative is complicated anyway. There’s no way of knowing how much of the uptick in applications comes from people associated with Black Lives Matter. It’s likewise impossible to determine just how far having Black Lives Matter sympathizers on the police force would actually go towards curbing instances of police brutality. In a culture where many police forces react to Black Lives Matter with suspicion — if not outright hostility — Chief Brown’s overtures are refreshing. But there is a lot of work to be done, and telling someone to “get off that protest line” may not necessarily be the best way to make sure those protests are heard.
Jason is the cofounder of the iconic non-profit Invisible Children which was founded to increase awareness of the horrendous activities of the LRA in Central Africa. Jason was also the director of the iconic Kony 2012 film that took the world by storm. In this two-part interview Jason and Branden talk about what it means to create a movement, what Jason experienced during his breakdown and subsequent recovery, and Jason’s experience in the world of theater.
Aharon Rabinowitz is the head of marketing for Red Giant based in New York City. During our conversation, we discussed the importance of work life balance, his start as a production intern at Sesame Street and why artist’s feel personally offended when you reject their work.
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Welcome to Episode IV. This week, Dan spends some time with his favorite singer/songwriter, Matthew Perryman Jones. Matthew and Dan talk about panic attacks, growing up in Atlanta, the way music is informed by pain and suffering and the way music gives freedom.
If you have spent any time watching television in the last decade you have most likely heard one of Mattew’s songs on shows like Grey’s Anatomy, Pretty Little Liars, One Tree Hill and many others. His insightful writing and voice have drawn comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Jeff Buckley, and he is on the short list of songwriters who skillfully weave the deeply philosophical and the vivid utterly human without ever losing sight of either.
To get his new album Cold Answer, (which features the three songs from him you heard on this episode), visit MPJmusic.com.
Branden sits down with writer and speaker Tyler Huckabee days after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States to talk about empathy, justice, listening, and where we go from here.
Special Election Edition, President Trump to legalized weed and everything in between.
This week we reflect on the election and discuss our strategies for staying sane.
Luca and Ilenia are the founders of Illo, a studio based in Turin, Italy. During our conversation, we discussed their self-driving video bot named Algo, how Illo was formed and how they’ve crafted a unique office culture.
This week we discuss Beyonce’s night at the CMAs, last minute election plans and how SNL might save us all.
We appreciate everyone sticking with us through this long hiatus but are planning our return even as we speak, with a bunch of new goodies and an updated format. In the meantime, here’s a brief primer on Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange — just so you can go into the movie knowing what you’re getting yourself into.