We live in a nation increasingly divided on racial, ethnic, and political lines. Much of the leading media of our day focuses on the agendas that drive these divisions, but little is said about the phenomena itself, or the underlying social justice issues.
Brian Dunn, a leading Civil Rights attorney and the managing partner of The Cochran Firm in California, explores these issues each week with Producer Jim Oates, and various other guests from the legal and business communities. Brian is one of the most successful civil plaintiff attorneys in California in the field of police misconduct and use of deadly force by police. A Nation Divided focuses not only on the reality of the division between law enforcement and the public, but on the deeper divisions in our society. Only on 790 KABC Radio.
This week, Brian Dunn is in studio with producer Jim Oates to discuss the rise of the Prison Industrial Complex. Driven by drug convictions and harsh sentencing, Brian explores the history of incarceration in the United States, the drive to privatization of Prisons, and the emerging issue of Immigrant Detention. The US has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, including prison rates in China, Russia, or any 3rd world nation. Brian asks why.
What we will be speaking about today is a decent topic...Political Correctness...What is it? What it is not? Specifically as it relates to race. Are the new terms to describe certain races signs of progress or signs of langue policing? Join us today and listen in!
A Nation Divided Radio welcomes James Morris Lawson, Jr. who is an American activist and university professor. He was a leading theoretician and tactician of nonviolence within the Civil Rights Movement. During the 1960s, he served as a mentor to the Nashville Student Movement and the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He was expelled from Vanderbilt University for his Civil Rights activism in 1960, and later served as a pastor in Los Angeles, California, for 25 years.
We have all heard, "you need an education to be successful in life". Today we want to talk about who has access to this wonderful resource of "Education". Does the color of your skin matter? Does it matter if English is your second language? Today we will discuss these things with college professors Patricia Gándara and Gary Orfield Research Professors and Co-Directors of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.
Constance L. "Connie" Rice is a prominent American civil rights activist and lawyer. She is also the co-founder and co-director of the Advancement Project in Los Angeles. She has received more than 50 major awards for her work in expanding opportunity and advancing multi-racial democracy. She is a second cousin of former US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Darnell Hicks’ life has been thrown into disarray in the days since he was falsely accused of being the gunman behind an ambush attack on two Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies who were shot last weekend while sitting in their patrol vehicle.
As a manhunt for the shooter got underway Saturday evening, the youth football coach and father of two daughters said he began receiving text messages that featured a fake “be on the lookout” (BOLO) alert. They had his name, address, driver’s license photo, and license plate number.
The post said Hicks, 33, was an armed and dangerous, warning, “The suspect has vowed to shoot more law enforcement officers.”
“I didn’t think nothing of it [at first],” he told Fox News on Wednesday. “I thought they were just playing games with me, like a prank.”
The two deputies were assigned to the sheriff department’s Transit Services Bureau and graduated from the academy 14 months ago, officials said. A video of the attack shows them parked at the Compton Metro station around 7 p.m. Saturday when a gunman approaches and fires several shots into the passenger window.
The deputies – identified only as a 31-year-old woman and 24-year-old man – were rushed to a hospital and underwent surgery. The man was released Wednesday, Sheriff Alex Villanueva said. The woman is still hospitalized.
Hicks said he was riding his dirtbike all day Saturday. Worried about the false accusation, he said he called the sheriff’s Compton station.
On Sunday, the sheriff’s department addressed the rumor in a tweet, calling it “ERRONEOUS information.” It said there were “no named or wanted suspects at the time.” Which we feel is not enough to clear his name and we would like to see more from the LA County Sheriff’s Department.
Hicks’ attorney, Brian Dunn of the Cochran Firm, said his client has no connection to the shooting. He criticized the department for not going further to clear Hicks’ name, and for its general description of the suspect as a “dark-skinned male.”
“This is an appeal to what we call ‘belt whistles’ by associating a certain type of violence with a certain race of individuals and it covers millions of people when you just see ‘dark skinned’ Black male,” Dunn told Fox News.
“The sheriff’s department does not appear to be interested in tearing down the walls that have separated them from the community. All we saw was a slight post on social media. They should be doing a press conference to clear this man’s name.”
Hicks said he feared for the safety of himself, his two daughters, and his 93-year-old grandmother, with whom he lives. He said he’s received death threats and is afraid to take his children out. In addition, the rumors have impacted his daily routine, his apparel business, and the way others view him.
“I know for a fact that most people are going to start looking at me differently because they follow trends on social media. They see people saying negative things and a lot of people are going to run with that,” he said.
“I just happened to get food yesterday at night and a guy said a joke like, ‘Oh, you’re the cop killer’ and he was just laughing.”
It is unclear why Hicks was targeted, Dunn said, but he characterized Hicks as a casualty in efforts to sow distrust amid national race and police issues.
“I’ve lived through this for at least a part of this week with this man, and I’ve seen how his life has been turned upside-down,” Dunn said. “He didn’t do anything to anyone. Yet he’s now a casualty in this war of hatred.”
Hicks, who lives in Compton, said he prayed for the officers but also feared the attack could result in over-policing in the community.
“I’m scared for everybody else out there because I know that this could lead to a lot and something else can happen to another Black male,” he said.