In part 2 of our discussion of Cop in the Hood by Peter Moskos, we discuss the notion of discretion in the legal system – by police all the way to prosecutors & parole/probation boards. We think about discrimination in enforcement made possible by discretion. We think about conflicts of interest in investigations of police misconduct – especially in relation to the war on drugs. How should we move forward?
We ask how to define “good” policing, as we discuss sociologist Peter Moskos’ Cop in the Hood: My Year Policing Baltimore’s Eastern District. What expectations do we put on police officers? How do police departments measure success? What should we measure for success? What does “law and order” mean? Do police receive the right kind of training to deliver the service communities want them to provide? How does Baltimore differ from Los Angeles? We also discuss the epic policy failure of the War on Drugs and the idea of legalization.
Bostic explains his research on the relationship between private investment and crime and how to use the police system as an economic development tool.
The shooting and killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson of the Ferguson, Missouri police department last August touched off a wave of protest around the country and brought a national spotlight to the topic of police violence in the U.S. Along with the killing of Eric Garner in New York a month earlier,…