Blue Notes: Experts

The EXPERTS series of articles are dedicated to deeper exploration of topics unearthed in our conversations, or topics that have arisen out of the larger discussion of policing in the U.S. If you have an idea for a story that will fit in this section, contact me, or leave a comment here.

James Buehler: Data and Disparity

Recently, an article by Ronald G. Fryer found no statistical differences between White, Black,or Hispanic individuals in the use of lethal force by police. Fryer, an Economics Professor at Harvard, based most findings on 4 sources of data: Information from New York City's Stop, Question, and Frisk Program The Police-Public Contact Survey Police reporting in … Continue reading James Buehler: Data and Disparity

Robert Kane: Tased and Confused

Robert Kane is a Criminology professor at Drexel University. Recently, Kane and his two study partners conducted an experiment to research a person's ability to process information after being tased.  If a person has reduced cognitive function, they may not properly understand their Miranda rights, which has implications for private citizens, and for our legal … Continue reading Robert Kane: Tased and Confused

Candace McKinley: Know Your Rights pt. 2

The information in this article came from a recent interview with Candace McKinley, the Executive Director of Roots of Justice, and a legal rights advisor with Up Against the Law. Part one outlined the basic rights a person has when interacting with police officers.  This article contains some basic advice for protesting and also for recording police … Continue reading Candace McKinley: Know Your Rights pt. 2

Candace McKinley: Know Your Rights pt. 1

Experts is a series within this project that explores specific themes that emerge from personal stories. This article covers some basic rights people in the U.S. have when interacting with law enforcement.  Part two gives some tips to protesters and video recorders. Candace McKinley is the Executive Director of Roots of Justice, an organization that trains … Continue reading Candace McKinley: Know Your Rights pt. 1