This week on CounterSpin: Thanks mainly to independent and social media, and of course activism like Black Lives Matter, Americans have been forced to confront, and to know more about, police brutality and racism in the criminal justice system than just a few years ago. But corporate media conversation about what to do with that knowledge is constrained. We may hear editorial calls for better training, or more data, or sometimes even convictions of individual officers. But somehow we never see the problem of policing whole, so the deeper reckoning necessary for real change is forestalled.
A new book hopes to forward that conversation. It’s called The End of Policing. Author Alex Vitale is sociology professor and coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College. We talk with him about his new book.
In addition, Janine Jackson takes a quick look at coverage of the bidding war for Amazon‘s second headquarters.