Law & Disorder

New York’s Family Policing System Fails to Inform Families of their Rights; Plus, the Latest in Banko Brown’s Killing and more

San Francisco continues to reel after a Walgreens security guard attacked, shot and killed Banko Brown after the latter allegedly attempted to steal $14-worth of snacks. The city’s District Attorney has declined to file charges, and community organizations have called on the California Attorney General to pursue charges in the killing. Brown’s family has also announced a lawsuit against Walgreens. We speak with Julia Arroyo, co-executive director of the Young Women’s Freedom Center, where Brown had worked on-and-off for many years.

Then, we go to New York where community organizers are moving forward legislation that would require the family policing system to inform families of their rights as the system removes children from the home. The legislation would guarantee families a Miranda-like access to their rights so they are able to move forward as informed as possible while navigating that system. We’re joined by Sarah Duggan, the Manager of Communications and Storytelling with JMACforFamilies, a New York-based non-profit working to dismantle the family policing system while simultaneously investing in community support that keeps families together. We’re also joined by Desseray Wright, an impacted parent and advocate at the Bronx Defenders, which is an organization that is radically transforming how low-income people in the Bronx are represented in the justice system and, in doing so, is transforming the system itself.

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Our Resistance in Residence Artist this week is writer, poet, educator, and Executive Director of Youth Speaks, Michelle “Mush” Lee.

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