008-Post Presidential Election Holiday Season Conversations & Gratitude for Philando Castile’s name being cleared

(Recorded 11/22/2016 in St. Anthony, MN) Co-hosts Andre and Brian discuss the upcoming holiday season and the potentially uncomfortable conversations that may come up between family and friends, given the recent tense political situation. Brian is exhausted after two weeks of post-election political discussions and confusion. It seems that the United States is divided. Andre offers some guidance to Brian on what to do next and how to interact with people who may appear to be opposite in many ways, even if that’s just a perception.

Andre expresses gratitude for Philando Castile’s name being cleared after the recent announcement by Ramsey County, MN prosecutor John Choi of three charges against Officer Jeronimo Yanez for the fatal shooting of Philando Castile.

Star Tribune “Police officer charged in fatal shooting of Philando Castile” By Chao Xiong Star Tribune NOVEMBER 17, 2016 — 9:54AM http://www.startribune.com/ramsey-county-attorney-choi-to-announce-update-in-castile-shooting/401484635/

Star Tribune “Minnesota officer released after hearing in Castile shooting” By AMY FORLITI Associated Press NOVEMBER 18, 2016 — 5:10PM http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-officer-to-appear-in-court-in-fatal-shooting/401831555/

007 – A Model for the Country, Chief of Police William Blair Anderson, St. Cloud Police Department, MN

(Recorded 11/08/2016 in St. Cloud, MN) Chief of Police William Blair Anderson of the St. Cloud Police Department discusses what makes the diverse city of St. Cloud, MN a model for a better way of living and interacting with one another. Chief Anderson speaks from the heart as he discusses Community Oriented Policing, the city’s first COP House, what he looks for in new officers, some of the training his officers receive above and beyond requirements, and what it means to be in open communication with the community. He touches on the emotional challenges law enforcement professionals face as they are required to put their personal lives on hold as they serve their community members with compassion and commitment.

Related Resource Links:

Article: “St. Cloud Police Chief William Blair Anderson Shuts Down Fox News Hosts On Live TV”
COP House – St. Cloud, article: “COP House set to become reality”
COP Houses – The Official Website of the City of Racine, WI

006 – Attorney/Legal Policy Director Kristine C. Lizdas, St. Anthony Village’s (MN) application to U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance (CRI-TA)

(Recorded 11/03/2016) Attorney Kristine Lizdas joins us to talk about the affirmative steps that the city of St. Anthony Village, MN has taken to address the shooting death of Philando Castile.

Kristine can be reached at kclizdas@gmail.com

Kristine Lizdas is Legal Policy Director for the Battered Women’s Justice Project (BWJP), a national resource center on domestic violence. She oversees BWJP’s national military, custody, and protection order projects, and directly manages BWJP’s National Domestic Violence and Firearms Resource Center, as well as the Safer Families, Safer Communities project. Kristine writes and trains on such topics as the enforcement of domestic violence firearm prohibitions, gender discrimination, criminal and family law practice and restorative justice. Kristine has served as faculty for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the National Judicial Institute on Domestic Violence, the Center for Court Innovation, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.

Kristine serves as board member and co-chair for the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, and served on the Constituent Advisory Council for the National Domestic Violence Hotline. She is a Consultant for Praxis International’s Blueprint for Safety Demonstration Initiative.

Prior to joining BWJP, Kristine worked for the Duluth DAIP as a community organizer, leading several community assessments (institutional ethnographies) of Duluth’s response to domestic violence, and co-authoring a manual on the assessment process. During this time, Kristine worked closely with probation, prosecution and rural law enforcement in developing model responses to domestic violence.

Her international work includes supervising Georgetown University law students on a domestic violence fact-finding mission in Ghana, and serving as a project evaluator in Armenia and Moldova.

Kristine has represented clients through the Volunteer Family Law Program of the Legal Aid Society of Minneapolis, and asylum applicants with Advocates for Human Rights. She is licensed to practice law in Minnesota and Illinois.

Kristine recommends reviewing the following RESOURCES AVAILABLE at http://www.armchairactivistpodcast.com/resources/

Collaborative Reform Initiative for Technical Assistance Fact Sheet, https://cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/technical_assistance.pdf

Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), United States Department of Justice, https://cops.usdoj.gov/collaborativereform

United States Department of Justice, Special Litigation Section Cases & Matters, https://www.justice.gov/crt/special-litigation-section-cases-and-matters0#police

PBS FRONTLINE episode “Policing the Police” June 28, 2016 on “How do you transform a troubled police department?”

Investigation of the Baltimore City Police Department, United States DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE, CIVIL RIGHTS DIVISION August 10, 2016, https://www.justice.gov/opa/file/883366/download

Investigation of the Ferguson Police Department, United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, March 4, 2015, https://www.justice.gov/sites/default/files/opa/press-releases/attachments/2015/03/04/ferguson_police_department_report.pdf

Police Accountability Taskforce, Recommendations for Reform: Restoring Trust between the Chicago Police, and the Communities they Serve, EXECUTIVE SUMMARY, April 2016, https://chicagopatf.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/PATF_Final_Report_Executive_Summary_4_13_16-1.pdf

University of Wisconsin Law School, Legal Studies Research Paper Series Paper No. 1349, “Policing a Free Society,” by Herman Goldstein, https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=2596883

The University of Alabama School of Law, “Structural Reform Litigation in American Police Departments,” by Stephen Rushin, 99 MINNESOTA LAW REVIEW 1343(2015), http://www.minnesotalawreview.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/Rushin_pdf1.pdf

“The Duluth Model,” Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs (DAIP) http://www.theduluthmodel.org/about/index.html

Final Report of the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, May 2015, https://cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/taskforce/taskforce_finalreport.pdf

Documentary:  “13th” (NETFLIX ORIGINAL) In this thought-provoking documentary, scholars, activists and politicians analyze the criminalization of African Americans and the U.S. prison boom.  https://www.netflix.com/title/80091741

Thank you listeners! – 1,072 downloads in our 1st month, October 2016!

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