By TED Talks | YouTube | 13m
Published in August of 2013

SUMMARY: Police officer Renee Mitchell tells a story where she had to choose between appeasing her superior by arresting an individual or letting the individual go and putting her career in jeopardy and how that decision cemented the idea that the way we police in America has to change.

KEY QUOTE: “Police, for the most part, patrol in areas that are socioeconomically damaged. Which means that police will always impact at a disproportionate rate the poor and especially the poor minority. An arrest and conviction will stigmatize them for the rest of their lives because they will forever check a box that designates their status in society and it will diminish their capacity to get a job, to get housing, to get college student loans and even to vote. So, forever they will be paying for their crimes.”

More curated shows on policing:

SHOW: Flint Town

An intimate, engaging eight part series focusing on the Flint Police Department (Michigan) that shows the policing from all sides, the police, the public that supports them, the public that doesn’t support them, the politicians that support them and don’t support them, and everyone in-between. Flint Town shows the complexity of working for a police department in neighborhoods that are at high stress levels because of poverty, race, and, in Flint’s case, water issues. It also shows the differences in officer’s approaches to policing based on their ethnicity and where/how they grew up. This series is highly recommended.

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