Ukraine updates; focus on police violence trials around the country; Plus, weekly covid updates

Remains of a public transit car after shelling in Kharkiv, Ukraine; March 12 | Fotoreserg

0:08 – More than two weeks into the war in Ukraine, John Feffer (@johnfeffer), Director of Foreign Policy in Focus, speaks to us about the latest developments in Russia’s aggressions and NATO’s hesitation with engaging a “no-fly zone”.

0:34 – Dr. John Swartzberg, clinical professor emeritus of infectious diseases at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health, joins us to discuss the latest COVID science and answer listener questions.

1:08 – On March 4th, former Danville police officer Andrew Hall was sentenced to six years in prison in the 2018 killing of 33-year-old Laudemer Arboleda. Arboleda’s fatal encounter with the police began with a report by neighbors of a stranger ringing their doorbell. Adante Pointer (@AdanteEsq) is a civil rights attorney and partner with Pointer and Buelna LLP and worked on Hall’s prosecution. He joins us to discuss Arboleda’s untimely death and the recent sentencing.

1:19 – Cristine Soto DeBerry (@CristineDeBerry), Founder and Executive Director of the Prosecutors Alliance of California, joins us to discuss the March 7th not guilty determination of SF Police Officer Terrance Stangel in the 2019 baton beating of Dacari Spiers near San Francisco’s Pier 39.

1:33 – Former police office Kim Potter was sentenced to two years imprisonment on February 18th in the killing of Daunte Wright, whose encounter began when Potter pulled Wright over for an air freshener hanging from his rearview mirror. Mark Osler (@Oslerguy), professor of law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, Minnesota and a former federal prosecutor, joins us to discuss.

1:48 –  On March 3rd, former Louisville Police Officer Brett Hankison, who was on trial for shooting through a wall into Breonna Taylor’s neighbors’ apartment in the same incident that ended Taylor’s life, was acquitted of all charges. Tessa Duvall (@TessaDuvall), investigative reporter for the Courier Journal joins us from Louisville to discuss Hankison’s acquittal and the cases of other officers involved in Taylor’s death.