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Keeping Police Officers And The People They Protect Safe47:26
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With guest host Jane Clayson.

How do we fix America’s policing problem and keep police safe — after Dallas, St. Paul, and Baton Rouge?

A Dallas police officer, who did not want to be identified, takes a moment as she guards an intersection in the early morning after a shooting in downtown Dallas, (LM Otero/AP)
A Dallas police officer, who did not want to be identified, takes a moment as she guards an intersection in the early morning after a shooting in downtown Dallas, (LM Otero/AP)

A nation on edge. Across the country, demonstrators take to the streets to protest the shootings of two black men by police, as the country mourns the shootings of five police offers in Dallas. Hundreds arrested. And plenty of soul-searching in the pews and around the kitchen table about we need to do better. We’ve got to. But how? This hour On Point, top cops on how to bridge the divide between police and the people. — Jane Clayson

Guests

Malik Aziz, deputy chief of police, Dallas Police Department. (@chiefmalikaziz)

Norm Stamper, former chief of the Seattle Police Department. Author of "To Protect and Serve" and "Breaking Rank." (@normstamper)

Charles Ramsey, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner. Senior advisor to the Chicago Police Department. Member of President Barack Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

Michael Eric Dyson, Georgetown University sociology professor. Author of "The Black Presidency" and many other books. (@MichaelEDyson)

From The Reading List

Dallas Morning News: Dallas chief after sniper attack: 'We don't feel much support most days. Let's not make today most days.' — "Dallas citizens awoke to an increased body count Friday morning and braced for a day of mind-numbing developments about how and why a camouflage-wearing shooter turned downtown streets into a killing field. Four Dallas police officers and a DART officer were shot and killed in a coordinated sniper attack that followed a Thursday night protest."

BuzzFeed News: Activist DeRay Mckesson, Reporters Arrested In Baton Rouge Protest -- "Police arrested Deray Mckesson, one of the leaders of Black Lives Matter, and two journalists during a protest against police violence in Baton Rouge Saturday night. Mckesson was taken into custody as he live streamed the encounter on Perisope. The East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office said that 101 people were being held in the parish jail, the Associated Press reported."

New York Times: Death in Black and White — "A nonviolent protest was hijacked by violence and so, too, was the debate about the legitimate grievances that black Americans face. The acts of the gunman in Dallas must be condemned. However, he has nothing to do with the difficult truths we must address if we are to make real racial progress, and the reckoning includes being honest about how black grievance has been ignored, dismissed or discounted."

This program aired on July 11, 2016.

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