Black Arm of the Law

Black Arm of the Law

The Black Arm of the Law is a podcast about “The Black Experience” behind the Blue Wall. Former law enforcement agents and officers from multiple branches of the law share their stories on why they became law enforcement, their experience with suspects and cases, relationships with their colleagues, superiors, family, friends and the community.

Episodes

May 16, 2024 16 mins
In this episode, Dr. RaShall Brackney discusses the headlines and hashtags that have been trending in relation to the criminal legal system. She highlights National Police Week and the shift in language from 'Peace Officers Memorial Day' to 'Police Officers Law Enforcement Memorial'. Dr. Brackney criticizes a recent congressional hearing that focused on morale, recruitment, and defunding the police, rather than addressing line of d...
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The conversation explores the importance of formal education in the law enforcement field, specifically focusing on the role of National University in providing accessible education for working adults. The guests discuss the need for higher education in law enforcement, the benefits of critical thinking and diverse perspectives, and the impact of education on policy-making. They also highlight the challenges and inconsistencies in ...
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May 2, 2024 52 mins
Commissioner Michael Cox discusses his 30-year career with the Boston Police Department and the challenges he faced as a person of color in law enforcement. He highlights the importance of representation and leadership in creating positive change within police departments. The conversation also touches on the Charles Stewart case in 1989 and its impact on the department's practices towards communities of color. Commissioner Cox emp...
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April 25, 2024 50 mins
In this conversation, Chief B interviews Assistant Chief Deputy Gina Hawkins about her extensive career in law enforcement and the challenges she has faced as a woman of color. They discuss the importance of representation, navigating different police backgrounds, and the need for collaboration and humility in leadership. Hawkins shares her experiences of advocating for herself and learning to adjust her approach to help others. Th...
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April 18, 2024 12 mins
In this episode, Dr. Rachelle Brackney discusses the impact of national incidents on local perceptions of policing. She highlights a study that found negative sentiments towards police increase when national media coverage of police brutality incidents increases. Dr. Brackney also examines recent cases of police misconduct and violence, including the high costs to taxpayers and the impact on communities. She emphasizes the need to ...
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April 11, 2024 51 mins
Leon Ford shares his experience of being shot and paralyzed by police officers during a routine traffic stop. He recounts the events leading up to the shooting, the aftermath, and the legal battles he faced. Despite the challenges, Leon found purpose in sharing his story and advocating for positive change. He started Leon Speaks, a company focused on spreading hope, positivity, and love. Through his journey, he learned the importan...
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April 4, 2024 35 mins
Leon Ford shares his experience of being shot and paralyzed by police officers during a routine traffic stop. He recounts the events leading up to the shooting, the aftermath, and the legal battles he faced. Despite the challenges, Leon found purpose in sharing his story and advocating for positive change. He started Leon Speaks, a company focused on spreading hope, positivity, and love. Through his journey, he learned the importan...
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March 28, 2024 40 mins
In this episode, A.J. Ali, the founder of Love Is The Answer, discusses his film 'Walking While Black' and the importance of improving police-community relations. He shares his personal experience of being stopped by the police and the moment that inspired him to take action. A.J. explains how he transitioned from anger to love and the significance of his brother's last words, 'Love is the answer.' He emphasizes the need for love-b...
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Join us for a powerhouse episode of the Black Arm of the Law Podcast, hosted by the incomparable Dr. RaShall Brackney!
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March 14, 2024 50 mins
In this episode of Black Arm of the Law Podcast, Dr. Rachelle Brackney interviews Carmen Best, the former chief of police in Seattle, Washington. They discuss Best's background, career, and the challenges she faced as a black woman in policing. Best shares her experiences in the military and how it shaped her leadership style. She also talks about her transition from the military to policing and the testing and training experiences...
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March 14, 2024 54 mins
Summary The conversation with Sam Stecklow from the Invisible Institute focused on the importance of transparency and accountability in the criminal justice system, particularly in relation to police misconduct. The Invisible Institute was founded to hold public institutions accountable, with a specific focus on police departments. They have worked to obtain and make accessible data on police misconduct, including through the Citi...
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This episode of the Black Armor the Law podcast focuses on corrections and bail reform. The guests include probation and parole officers who discuss their roles and the challenges they face in helping individuals reintegrate into the community. The conversation also delves into the power and responsibilities of probation and parole officers, as well as the impact of caseloads on their work. The guests share their perspectives on ba...
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Dr. Tracie L. Keesee discusses the work of the Center for Policing Equity and the importance of using data and science in policing. She emphasizes the concept of co-production of public safety and the need for collaboration between law enforcement and the community. Dr. Keesee also addresses the hesitancy to embrace data and science in policing and the challenges of changing organizational culture. Overall, the conversation highlig...
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February 8, 2024 51 mins
In this episode, Dr. RaShall Brackney interviews Hansel Aguilar, the director of civilian oversight in the city of Berkeley, California. They discuss the history and growth of civilian oversight, different models of oversight, and the pros and cons of each model. They also explore the challenges and expectations of civilian oversight, including managing community expectations and building trust. Aguilar emphasizes the importance of...
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February 1, 2024 13 mins
The podcast episode explores various pressing issues in the criminal legal system in 2023. It discusses the corruption and lack of accountability in policing and the criminal legal system, highlighting the low number of officers charged and convicted for their actions. The concerns of police officers, including recruitment and retention, are also examined. The episode delves into the attacks on progressive prosecutors who seek to r...
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December 21, 2023 56 mins
In this episode, Dr. Rachelle Brackney speaks with Gregory A. Thomas, a former member of the Mollen Commission, about his experience investigating police corruption in New York City. They discuss the need for an outside agency to investigate corruption, the challenges faced by officers reporting corruption, and the importance of internal dismantling. They also explore the impact of corruption on community cooperation and provide ad...
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December 15, 2023 46 mins
In this episode, Dr. RaShall Brackney discusses the school-to-prison pipeline with Dr. Kevin F. Gilbert, an expert in education and discipline policies. They explore the impact of school resource officers, the role of principals in disciplinary actions, and the disproportionate impact on black students. They also discuss the need for cultural responsiveness and anti-bias training for educators. The conversation highlights the impor...
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December 7, 2023 11 mins
Join Chief B and she breaks down recent stories and social post on law enforcement, law makers and justice reform as only she can do.
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November 30, 2023 50 mins
This week Chief B talks the science of policing with the owners of Force Metrics. Two brothers Shane and Andre McGregor that have introduced data and analytics to police work for better accountability and service to the community. Check out their personal stories behind the company and with the police the struggle between being Black and Blue.
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November 23, 2023 48 mins
This week on the podcast, Adam Savage, a New York Times bestselling author, multiple Emmy-nominated producer/host, highly decorated YouTube creator, and internationally acclaimed science communicator, and cosplayer. After more than a decade working in special effects for Industrial Light and Magic/Lucastilm, the Matrix films, and most of the major movie studios, he began hosting Discovery Channel's flagship show Mythbusters in 2002...
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