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Going Public: A Conversation on Race and Policing in America

Oct 14, 2016
Courtesy of Jacob King

Sparked by the shooting deaths of African American men by police officers, emerged both the “Black Lives Matter” and “Blue Lives Matter” movements. Both movements triggered a national conversation on the state of policing and race in America. KRCU's Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with the Dr. Raleigh Blasdell, an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Sociology at Southeast to talk about it.


Oct 14, 2016

Today on KRCU’s Going Public, we’re talking about race and policing in America with Dr. Raleigh Blasdell, an assistant professor of criminal justice and sociology at Southeast Missouri State University. We’ll talk about the recent event ‘Community Policing: The Intersection of Black and Blue Lives Matter’ and the value of open dialogue between law enforcement and the community. We’ll also talk about what research says about racial bias in our current system of law enforcement, and how the Cape Girardeau Police Department fits into this national conversation.

The State of Policing: A Conversation With Cape Girardeau's Police Chief

Jul 13, 2016
Marissanne Lewis-Thompson/KRCU

The shooting deaths of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota by police officers spurred national protests about police brutality and racial-profiling of African-Americans. And in Dallas a protest turned deadly when a gunman shot and killed five police officers, while leaving several civilians and officers injured. KRCU’s Marissanne Lewis-Thompson spoke with Cape Girardeau Police Chief Wes Blair about the state of policing.

The first two months of the year were unusually deadly in Chicago. There were nearly twice as many homicides compared with the same period in 2015, with nearly 100 people killed.

Senate Bill 804 would make it illegal to advertise the availability of a child for sex. It would also make it illegal to advertise the availability of an adult for sex without her or his consent, a provision that was not included in a similar bill last year.