A Rash of Police Killings Following the Guilty Verdict of George Floyd’s Murderer
We begin with the rash of police killings following the guilty verdict in the trial of the murder of George Floyd and efforts underway in 34 states where Republican legislatures have introduced 81 anti-protest bills aimed at Black Lives Matter and other social justice activists while in some case giving immunity to counter-protesters who drive vehicles into crowds of protesters. Although pro-Trump rioters beat police and some died in the January 6 attack on the Capitol, this flurry of Republican laws that strip protesters of a right to state employment or to run for office and target student loans, unemployment benefits and housing assistance. Among these bills which are all aimed at painting the Democrats as tolerant of rioting and looting while Republicans stand with police, in Kentucky it will soon be a crime to insult or taunt a police officer with “offensive or derisive words”. Doug McAdam, Professor of Sociology at Stanford University and the former Director of the Center for the Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences and author of The Origins of Our Fractured Society: Racial Politics and Social Movements in Post-War America, joins us to discuss the criminalization of protest underway aimed at punishing leftist protesters while rewarding right-wing vigilantes.
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