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.
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.
On this episode, special guest Megan Gyongyos talks about her experience in representing and defending her client's who have been involved in police shootings. Megan is someone who doesn't just talk about the cases but is working on these cases everyday.
Megan Gyongyos is an associate attorney with The Cochran Firm — California. Her primary practice area is civil litigation, with an emphasis on civil rights, police misconduct, wrongful death and personal injury cases. Megan graduated summa cum laude from Southwestern Law School, where Megan served as lead articles editor for the Southwestern Law Review.
Among the most contentious and debated statistics are those for crime rates in the United States. When reviewed on their own, they reveal a troubling reality: people of color, particularly Black people, are far more likely than white people to be arrested and convicted of crimes. That reality, which few people dispute, invites biased interpretation and is frequently the basis for white supremacist talking points.