Behind the Police

Behind the Police

How did American police get so violent? The answer to that question goes back centuries, to the earliest days of this nation. On this special podcast miniseries hosts Robert Evans and rap artist Propaganda (Jason Petty) draw a straight line from the darkest days of slavery, to the murder of George Floyd and the mass violence American police meted out to their citizens this summer.... Show More

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June 18, 2020 88 min
When U.S. police departments didn't evolve out of slave patrols, they tended to form out of a desire to protect the property of the wealthy. In practice, this meant beating, murdering and arresting people who didn't want to work 12 hour days until they died. FOOTNOTES: Krypteia: A Form of Ancient Guerrilla Warfare  The Police Journal: Theory, Practice and Principles The Beginning of American Policing How Stereotypes of the Irish Evolved From ‘Criminals’ to Cops REMEMBERING THE 1906 STRIKE FOR UNION IN WINDBER, PENNSYLVANIA State Police were warned about possible racial bias in car searches. The agency's answer? End the research. The Pinkertons Still Never Sleep Learn more about your ad-choices at
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