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Mar 29, 19

Kite Line: Policing Los Angeles, Part Two

Kite Line returns to present it’s second installment on policing and counter-insurgency in Los Angeles.

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Last week, we heard the first part of a lecture by Max Felker-Kantor on policing in Los Angeles, from the Watts Rebellion in the 60s to the brutal police beating of Rodney King in the 90s. This week, he continues to talk about the police murder of Eula Love, and how her death affected the growing anti-police sentiment and protest in 1970s Los Angeles. Felker-Kantor talks about how the chokehold, a once common police restraint tactic, was shown to be used predominantly on Black Los Angeles residents. He also walks us through how anti-police protests continued to shape the landscape of policing in the area, as the LAPD focused on perceived gang and drug activity in the 1980s. He ends with the 1991 beating of Rodney King, and its aftermath. You can hear the first part of his talk on last week’s show.

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Kite Line is a radio program devoted to prison issues around the Midwest and beyond. Behind the prison walls, a message is called a kite: whispered words, a note passed hand to hand, or a request submitted to the guards for medical care. Illicit or not, sending a kite means trusting that other people will bear it farther along till it reaches its destination. On the show, we hope to pass along words across the prison walls.

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