The 21st Show

Rethinking Policing With Illinois Law Enforcement Experts


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Last week’s killing of George Floyd by a white police officer in Minneapolis made clear that policing needs to change. Just a few years earlier in 2015, the city had participated in a multi-million dollar, multi-year partnership between academics and law enforcement. It provided anti-bias training, better data collection and surveying of both police and community members. 

But George Floyd still died, as a police officer kneeled on his neck for nearly 9 minutes. 

Now, there have been calls to decrease funding for the police, including from The National Black Lives Matter movement. In a statement, the group called the death of George Floyd a "breaking point." 

Guests: Michael Schlosser, Director of the Police Training Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. 

Miltonette Craig, a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice Sciences at Illinois State University.