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.
A Nation Divided radio welcomes back Connie Rice for another conversation.
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.
On todays episode of A Nation Divided Radio we dive into ground breaking cases headed by our special guest John Sweeney. In 1985, Mr. Sweeney left the Law Offices of Johnnie L. Cochran to establish his own firm in Beverly Hills, California. Since then, Mr. Sweeney has successfully handled some of the most complex tort, civil rights, and criminal cases in California and throughout the United States. Mr. Sweeney has won tens of millions of dollars in civil verdicts and settlements and scores of not guilty verdicts for clients who were falsely accused of crimes.
"A Nation Divided" invited former police officer and current drug activist, Barry Cooper to the show. Mr. Cooper is a world-famous drug expert and humanitarian who was once one of the nation’s top drug-enforcement police officers. He experienced a shift in consciousness after experimenting with psychedelics, which led to his transformation. For over 12 years, Barry has worked as an activist, drug expert witness, drug consultant, life coach and psychedelic healer.
Today on A Nation Divided Radio we speak with Martin Ludlow about music, life, and how his upbringing made him into who he is today. In 1998, Ludlow became chief of staff to state Assembly Member Antonio Villaraigosa, and in 2001 he was named political director of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor under the executive secretary, Miguel Contreras. In 2002 he became a member of the staff of Assembly member Herb Wesson.
On this episode we discuss the foreign topic of torture of prisoners here in America on our soil. Flint Taylor is a graduate of Brown University and Northwestern Law School, is a founding partner of the People’s Law Office in Chicago, an office which has been dedicated to litigating civil rights, police violence, government misconduct, and death penalty cases for 45 years. Among the landmark cases that Mr. Taylor has litigated are the Fred Hampton Black Panther case; the Greensboro, North Carolina case against the Ku Klux Klan and Nazis; the Ford Heights Four case in which four innocent men received a record $36 million settlement for their wrongful conviction and imprisonment.
The decision by a Minnesota jury to convict Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd represented a rare instance in which a US police officer was held accountable for the killing of a black person. Police killings are a frequent occurrence in the US. But there are few instances in which charges are filed against the officers involved. The number of occasions when prosecutors have actually won criminal convictions, as they did on Tuesday, is vanishingly small.