Friday, July 17, 2020

Former cop exposes police racism (video)

Slate, Aug. 12, 2015; Jimmy Dore; Pfc. Sandoval, Seth Auberon (eds.), Wisdom Quarterly

A former Baltimore cop explains why the police department targets Black men
Bad cops back bad cops and lie to help them.
There has seen enormous attention paid to the toxic divide between police departments and the poor, Black communities they lord over.

Tribal loyalty often prevents police officers from criticizing each other or their departments publicly — and they lie when one of their own faces charges of criminal misconduct.

(The Jimmy Dore Show) Sergeant Michael Wood at 36 in 2016 with Jimmy Dore

That’s why the recent emergence of Officer Michael Wood Jr., 35, a retired Baltimore cop, as a critic of law enforcement culture landed with impact: His voice is a relatively rare one that speaks with insider knowledge and the unforgiving skepticism of an outsider.

Meet Wood while he drives the streets of the city where he served as a police officer for 11 years, and hear him lay out his conception of what’s going wrong in the world of policing and how it could be made right.

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