GUEST: Khafre King, a Los Angeles actor and singer whose brother Jasun, and sister Ahjah, were both killed under suspicious circumstances in relation to the police.
The US Department of Justice has just come to a major settlement with Cleveland Police Department in Ohio. In a 110-page report, the DOJ laid out what Time magazine called, “one of the most extensive sets of restrictions ever placed upon a law enforcement agency.”
The news outlet explained, “The agreement requires Cleveland’s police to adopt hundreds of new policies and procedures to fix what the federal government has called a pattern of systemic abuses and unconstitutional practices. It includes mandates to adopt community policing strategies, prohibitions on use of force for people who are handcuffed or restrained and restrictions on firing from and at moving vehicles, as well as extensive mandates on logging use of force incidents—including each time officers unholster their weapons.”
Cleveland now joins cities like New Orleans, Ferguson, Missouri, Newark, N.J., and Albuquerque, N.M. in facing federal restrictions. The tragic case of the fatal police shooting of 12-year old Tamir Rice, was among the triggers for Cleveland’s DOJ agreement.
But police brutality is not the result of a few bad apples. The documentation of police abuse, along with public outrage over the past year has revealed a widespread national scourge. Today we’ll examine how police abuse has impacted one family in Los Angeles.