Covid rescue dollars used for police; Russia and Ukraine plan more talks; Plus, covid science

SFPD’s own data shows intense racial bias in stop-and-search data | WikiMedia

0:08 – As the Russian army continues to be unable to take over major cities in Ukraine, John Feffer (@johnfeffer), Director of Foreign Policy in Focus, joins us to discuss the diplomatic side of the Russia-Ukraine conflict as the countries prepare for talks in Turkey.

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 – A retired Vallejo police officer testified last week that he brought “badge bending” to that city’s police department. “Badge bending” is a police practice of bending a tip of the stars of their badge after perpetrating an officer-involved shooting. Scott Morris (@OakMorr), a journalist with the Vallejo Sun who covers policing, protest, civil rights, and far-right extremism, joins us to discuss the retired officer’s testimony.

1:21 – The San Francisco Police Department’s recently released its own stop-and-search data, which shows that it is far more likely to search Black people than others, and more likely to search other people of color as well. Will Jarrett (@WillJarrett), a data reporter for Mission Local, talks about SFPD’s racial bias.

1:34 – Nationally, municipalities have received $1.9 trillion to support an economic rebound from the devastation of the pandemic. In some cities, those dollars are being used to fund local police agencies. We are joined by James Burch, Policy Director of the Anti-Police Terror Project, as well as Paula Minor (@pbminor), a mother of 3, grandmother of 8, activist, organizer and member of Black Lives Matter in Los Angeles.