Do We Need the Police at All?

Do We Need the Police at All?

By WNYC Studios

Notes from America

Monday, 26 April

The answer isn’t simple, but it’s time to ask. Listeners weigh in with stories of their own efforts to solve problems with and without cops.

Community organizer and educator Lumumba Akinwole-Bandele joins callers as we reimagine a world without policing, and shares his own stories from decades of police reform activism in New York City.

Plus, Dr. Jameta Nicole Barlow, a psychologist, public health scientist, and assistant professor at The George Washington University, explains intergenerational trauma and the lifelong damage that consuming racial violence does to our bodies.

And writer Hali Bey Ramdene meditates on the impact of living -- and growing up -- with this non-stop violence towards Black people.

Companion listening for this episode:

Why Cops Don’t Change” (4/19/21)

A retired NYPD detective says the force’s stubborn, insular culture was built to last. And Elie Mystal explains a 1989 Supreme Court ruling that made killing “reasonable.”

Keep Calm and Check Your Bias” (3/26/20)

Research shows that racism and other prejudices are most acute when the stakes are high, so Kai talks with Dr. Gail Christopher about how to control for that reality, during a pandemic.

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