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.
In today’s episode, Brian Dunn and Jim Oates will discuss a very touchy subject. We hear often of the cases in which a child or adult is shot and killed by a police officer in certain situations. One of the questions we have today is, “Should there be a law passed that requires law enforcement to consider a specific tactical force option prior to using deadly force?”
What should be done about the many cases of a law enforcement officer shooting in situations that could have been handled in a less-deadly way?
In 1984 the Supreme Court found in Batson v. Kentucky that race cannot be the basis of exclusion from jury selection. Professor Kami Chavis, a former District Attorney, discusses the troubling findings of a research project she and fellow professors conducted in North Carolina, the Jury Sunshine Project.
Many US citizens were upset about the outcome of the 2016 Presidential Election due to the sway of the Electoral College. The Electoral College allows for proportionality of votes based on the population density in the various 50 states, but some would say this is unfair. Join us today as we discuss whether or not we should do away with the concept of the Electoral Collage. Is it outdated, or would its removal be unfair?
Whether we like it or not, the US census is something that legally HAS to happen every 10 years, and we are about at that time again.
Today we will discuss an important debate on this topic… What, in the eyes of the census, is a person??
Should the census ask whether or not a person is an American citizen?
Should illegal immigrants be counted as a person on this form?
One of the most cutting edge issues our nation is currently facing is the debate of transgender associations. This topic is something that has not always been so openly discussed-- Possibly because it was social taboo, possibly because it was simply an uncomfortable topic for many. Today we will discuss and hear from listeners on an extremely debated question... Should the concept of sexual orientation and identification be a constitutional right??
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