Smiley & West | Stanley Aronowitz, Norm Stamper, and Remembering Birmingham



Former Seattle police chief Norm Stamper explains why he now speaks out against drones, stop-and-frisk, and the war on drugs. West speaks with one of his mentors, CUNY Graduate Center professor Stanley Aronowitz. Birmingham terrorism victim Carolyn McKinstry recalls the tragic day when Christian extremists from the KKK killed four little girls in the 16th Street Baptist Church. And, Theodore Debro tells us how he witnessed Dr. Martin Luther King react to the bombing during his sermon in Atlanta.

I was amazed to hear Norm Stamper say that even though he knew the police could be overly aggressive, that after he joined the police force – he was sucked into the culture and became a gleeful abuser of the people that he was hired to serve.

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