From Ferguson to Baltimore to Chicago. Accusations of racially-biased law enforcement have been a mainstay of the headlines in the past year and a half. When conflicts between police and protesters erupt, who is to blame and what should change?
Missouri State Rep. Shamed Dogan (R) is among the lawmakers pushing for changes to our laws affecting law enforcement. He wants more details in data collection of police encounters with citizens. That information would be used to look for patterns of racial bias in policing. He also wants to see anti-bias training mandated for all law enforcement. Supporters say it’s about improving transparency, accountability and trust in police. They also say the changes push back against racial bias in policing. His critics say they would make a difficult job even harder and blames the wrong people for confrontations.
Also, is it time to reconsider our war on drugs?
Jeff Mizanskey spent over 20 years in prison after this third marijuana-related conviction. His sentence was commuted last year. He’s now a free man and wants Missouri to change laws dealing with Marijuana.
Mizanskey discusses what’s changed between the time he went into prison and when he was released and what he hopes will change in the coming years.
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