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Should OPD be released from federal oversight?; Plus Claire Bond Potter discusses her book Political Junkies

Oakland Police Officer Jerry Sanchez and others respond to a protest at Oakland City Hall on July 8, 2010. Image by Thomas Hawk is licensed under CC 2.0

On today’s show:

0:08 – Should the Oakland Police Department be released from federal oversight? We discuss that possibility with civil rights attorneys Dan Siegel, John Burris, and Jim Chanin. Both John Burris and Jim Chanin represent plaintiffs in the lawsuit that resulted in the negotiated settlement agreement leading to federal oversight of OPD.

0:34 – The attorneys stay on as we continue our discussion on federal oversight of OPD with Jeralynn Blueford (@mommablueford), the mother of Alan Dwayne Blueford, who was was fatal shot by Oakland Police Officer Miguel Masso on May 6, 2012.

1:08 – We spend the second hour with Claire Bond Potter (@TenuredRadical), a political historian at the New School for Social Research. We discuss her latest book Political Junkies: From Talk Radio to Twitter, How Alternative Media Hooked Us on Politics and Broke Our Democracy.

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