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After the first targeted killings of New York City police officers in years, both residents and police are looking for ways to respond.
For police, they are ratcheting up precautions to prevent another incident like the shooting deaths of Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos on Saturday evening.
For protesters who have for weeks been calling for justice after the choke-hold death of Eric Garner at the hands of police, many are emphasizing distance between their peaceful protests and this most recent violent backlash.
Here & Now's Jeremy Hobson spoke with former New York police officer Eugene O'Donnell and historian Khalil Gibran Muhammad about their views on the issue.
- Eugene O'Donnell, lecturer at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a former New York City police officer
- Khalil Gibran Muhammad, director of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture at the New York Public Library and author of, “The Condemnation of Blackness: Race, Crime, and the Making of Modern Urban America.” He tweets @KhalilGMuhammad.
This segment aired on December 22, 2014.