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Ferguson, Missouri: A Case Study in Urban Policing

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A police officer in Ferguson, MO.

The fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown sent hundreds of angry protesters into the streets of Ferguson, Missouri last week. There, chaos erupted as police and demonstrators clashed amid smoke bombs and stun grenades. 

This hour, we take a closer look at the social and racial tensions behind the Ferguson riots. We talk about some of the responsibilities and tactics being employed by law enforcement, and we ask: What exactly is the role of police today? And when does it go too far?


  • Rev. Henry Brown - Co-founder of Mothers United Against Violence
  • Shafiq Abdussabur - Police officer and author of A Black Man’s Guide to Law Enforcement in America
  • Chief James Rovella - Hartford Police Department
  • Kriston Capps - Staff writer at CityLab

Tucker Ives is WNPR's morning news producer.
Catie Talarski is Senior Director of Storytelling and Radio Programming at Connecticut Public.

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