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Running from Cops

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On June 18, 2019
I finally finished the six-episode “Running from Cops” podcast. It is fantastic and infuriating, detailing the ways that shows like Cops and Live PD have purposefully and unethically distorted the American public’s understanding of what crime in America looks like and what policing can/should be in response. I challenge anyone to listen to the podcast […]

Flint

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On June 13, 2019

Charges against all officials responsible for the poisoning of Flint’s water supply have been dropped. Everyone reading this news should be furious. Then they should go read Anna Clark’s T

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Late yesterday after facing intense backlash, Warwick Public Schools in Erik’s beloved Rhode Island reversed a previously announced decision to only serve sun butter (which I didn’t know was a thing until now) and jelly sandwiches to students as young as kindergarten who had outstanding lunch debt. It is worth thinking about the moral abomination […]
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New Book Monday

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On April 22, 2019
My new book is officially out today. Occupied Territory is a project that dates back to my early years in graduate school, which makes this a book roughly a decade in the making. The book takes a hard look at the development of a policing regime in Black Chicago over the span of about 50 […]

Occupied Territory

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On March 26, 2019

Forgive the self-indulgence, but over the weekend I got to hold a copy of my book in my hands for the first time. Later in the weekend, I got word that copies ordered directly from UNC Press had begun

Pod Talk

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On March 20, 2019

I spend an incredible amount of time commuting these days, which means that I’ve gotten really into podcasts. Apropos of nothing, I figured other pod-heads would perhaps enjoy a few recommendati

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