California Senate Race | Tyre Nichols and Law Enforcement Culture
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The California State Capitol in Sacramento August 28, 2020.
Andrew Nixon / CapRadio
Updated 12:52 p.m.
Examining the race for U.S. Senate taking shape in California. A conversation on the culture of law enforcement in the aftermath of Tyre Nichols’ death. The Tahoe Institute for Natural Science shares how their conservation efforts in the Tahoe basin.
California Senate Race
30 years. That’s how long 89-year-old California’s Dianne Feinstein has served as Senator. Despite questions surrounding her capacity to continue in that role and seek another six-year term, candidates are not waiting for her to make her announcement, instead, they are already lining up to make a run for that seat. It's widely expected that Feinstein will make her intentions known soon, but within the last few weeks, we have seen a few prominent Democrats already launch their bids for her senate seat. They include California Congressman Adam Schiff from Los Angeles and Congresswoman Katie Porter from Orange County, and there are more, potentially, waiting in the wings. Melanie Mason, National Political Correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, and Tal Kopan, Deputy Washington D.C. Bureau Chief for the Boston Globe, joined insight to discuss the interesting 2024 senate race taking shape in California and Senator Feinstein's future
Law enforcement culture
Tyre Nichols will be remembered for the life he lived today. The 29-year-old called Sacramento home before moving to Tennessee. He's remembered as a free spirit who loved photography and had a passion for skateboarding. The video of Tyre’s violent beating by Memphis Police last month following a traffic stop is now part of a chronicle of videos in recent years taken either from police body cameras or from bystanders with cell phones that show a deadly encounter with law enforcement. Multiple officers have since been charged with second-degree murder, others have been relieved of duty and emergency responders who arrived on the scene have been fired. But once again the culture, practices, and policies of law enforcement are being called into question. Former Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn, who is now the dean of the Public Safety Center at American River College, and Keon Gilbert, an associate professor of public health and social justice at Saint Louis University College and a fellow at The Brookings Institution, joined Insight to discuss the death of Tyre Nichols, the culture of law enforcement and the practice and intent of traffic stops some end in violence.
Correction: In a previous version of this article, Keon Gilbert was misspelled. It has since been corrected.