Infuriating but sadly not surprising news out of Chicago today, where an independent task force commissioned by Mayor Rahm Emmanuel found that the Chicago police force is even more deeply racist than many feared. Among other things, the task force’s damning report found police act without oversight, mistreat the people in its care and have lost the trust of Chicago residents almost entirely.
No matter how bad Chicago’s political leaders thought the report would end up being, it’s hard to imagine any of them thought it would be this scathing, or backed by such eye-popping statistics. According to the report: “The community’s lack of trust in CPD is justified. There is substantial evidence that people of color—particularly African-Americans—have had disproportionately negative experiences with the police over an extended period of time.”
The city of Chicago is divided between whites, blacks, and Hispanics by about equal thirds. According to the report, 74 percent of the people shot by Chicago police between 2008 and 2015 were black. Furthermore, black people were targeted in 72 percent of stops that did not lead to arrests. Three out of four people tased by Chicago police between 2012 and 2015 were black.
“CPD’s own data gives validity to the widely held belief the police have no regard for the sanctity of life when it comes to people of color,” the report said. “Stopped without justification, verbally and physically abused, and in some instances arrested, and then detained without counsel—that is what we heard about over and over again.”
Mr. Emmanuel commissioned the report following the dashcam footage leak of Laquan McDonald, a black Chicago teenager, being fatally shot by former Officer Jason Van Dyke without provocation. This led to citywide protests and the replacement of the Chicago police super intendant.
On Wednesday, Mr. Emmanuel told reporters he had not yet seen the report but intended to approach it with an open mind, saying: “The question is: ‘what are we going to do to confront it and make the changes in not only personnel but in policies to reflect, I think, the values that make up the diversity of our city.’”
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.
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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.
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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.