Fmr. Seattle Police Chief: Police Culture “Toxic”…


Date: June 27, 2020

01) Fmr. Seattle Police Chief: Police Culture “Toxic”


“Law enforcement in the U.S. is under scrutiny like never before. Police in Washington used pepper spray yesterday to break up anti-racism protesters as they tried to topple a statue of President Andrew Jackson, a dyed-in-the-wool nationalist and slave owner. Norm Stamper was a cop for 34 years and spent six of them as Seattle’s police chief. Stamper resigned over his handling of the 1999 World Trade Organization protests — after he authorized the use of tear gas. Stamper has been a vocal advocate of police reform ever since. He tells Michel Martin how he became aware of what he calls the “dark side” of police culture and how to fix the problem.

Originally aired on June 23, 2020.”

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