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Talking Policing Tactics: How Should Police Be Approaching Protesters And Looters?




Police in riot gear use tear gas and other means of crowd control as they blockade the station's parking garage as a rally in response to the police killing George Floyd on May 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
Police in riot gear use tear gas and other means of crowd control as they blockade the station's parking garage as a rally in response to the police killing George Floyd on May 30, 2020 in Miami, Florida.
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Protests continued for a sixth night around Southern California as people took to the streets to express their anger over the killing of George Floyd at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer — and over other unjust killings of African Americans and people of color by police.

Protestors made a strong showing despite a confusing Los Angeles County curfew order that went into effect at 6 p.m. Monday and lasted until 6 a.m. Tuesday. Several cities in L.A. County — including Glendale, Santa Monica, Beverly Hills and Long Beach — instituted curfews that started earlier. Over the last several days of unrest, there have been widespread reports of tear gassing and the use of rubber bullets on protesters and journalists. 

Today on AirTalk, we discuss different approaches to policing amid protests and riots. What do you think the best approach is? We want to hear your thoughts. Join the conversation by calling 866-893-5722. 

With files from LAist. Read the full story here.

Guests:

Lorenzo Boyd, assistant provost for diversity and inclusion, and the director of The Center for Advanced Policing at the University of New Haven; he was a Sheriff’s Deputy for 15 years in Boston; he tweets @Professor_Boyd

Maria Haberfeld, professor of police science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice; her forthcoming book is about training police officers how to use force

Norm Stamper, former chief of police at the Seattle Police Department whose career as a police officer spans 34 years; his latest book is “To Protect and Serve: How to Fix America’s Police” (Nation Books, 2016)