This ongoing discussion group is open to all Abigails members. New participants are welcome.
The text for our discussion will be the cover article from the New York Times Magazine this past June 21, titled. “ Police Reform Necessary. But How Do We Do It?” This is a discussion about changes in policing, moderated by Emily Bazelon.
On June 23, The NYTimes had a article of tangential interest by Katrin Bennhold and Meslissa Eddy, titled “In Germany , Confronting Shameful legacy is essential Part of Police Training.”
As further background to our discussion you may wish to view the Netflix original documentary “13th” directed Ava DuVernay which analyzes the systematic attempts to criminalize the image of African-American males, the unequal policing, as well as, sentencing and the ensuing boom in the U.S. Prison population.
Another film of interest is one which some Abigails may have viewed with our Reel Time movie group back in 2016, titled “The Interrupters”. This gritty documentary, available on Amazon Prime for 99 cents, follows a group of former gang leaders trying to “interrupt” shootings and protect their Chicago community from the violence they once participated in themselves.