How to Screen Out Racist Cops Who Join Anti-Government Militias
We begin with boasts on “60 Minutes” from the leader of the Arizona chapter of the Oath Keepers, the biggest of the nationwide militia among the far-right groups who stormed the Capitol, that many active duty military and police are in their ranks and that they get “training” from serving police officers. Joining us is Vida Johnson, a criminal defense attorney and professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center who works in the Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic and Criminal Justice Clinic and authored a paper in 2019 that included a list of more than a hundred police departments in forty-nine states that have faced scandals over racist threats, emails or public social media posts by officers since 2009. We examine the need for Federal standards in the recruitment of police officers to exclude racist sympathizer of white supremacists groups like the Oath Keepers and the case of a police officer in Arkansas who admitted on his application form that he had attended a KKK rally as a young man who later went on the shoot dead an unarmed black boy.
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