NEXT with John Dankosky
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NEXT is a weekly radio show and podcast hosted by John Dankosky. Our laboratory is all of New England — America’s oldest place — at a time of change. Through original reporting and interviews, we ask important questions about the issues we explore: where are we now? How did we get here? And what's next?
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Sergeant Lakeisha Phelps and colleagues at the Nashua, NH police department participate in an ice-bucket challenge to raise awareness for ALS, in August, 2014. Phelps is one of two black police officers in a force of 170. (Credit: Dean Shalhoup/ Nashua Telegraph)
This week: More stories about policing and race in four New England states. Massachusetts’ top court has ruled that fleeing from police might be both legal, and in the best interests of black men in Boston; Bridgeport, Connecticut looks to remake its police force more in the image of its population; a black officer in Nashua, New Hampshire deals with her own feelings about police shootings; and a young Latino man, who used to be in a Providence gang befriends a white city police officer.
We also travel to “The Big E” – a massive agricultural fair that draws people from all over the region to argue over what kind of lobster roll is the best. Plus, our favorite science reporter refreshes us on the science behind fall foliage.
“They Look Like You, They Talk Like You”
When Jimmy Warren was approached by Boston police officers on the street in December, 2011, he ran. Later, he was arrested and searched. Warren had no contraband on him, but police found an unlicensed gun in a nearby yard. Warren was charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, and convicted.
But last week Massachusetts’ highest court overturned the conviction. The justices said Warren’s running from the police should not have been used as a basis for suspicion, citing reports by the Boston Police Department and the ACLU of Massachusetts that found a pattern of discrimination against black men by the force.
WBUR digital reporter Zeninjor Enwemeka has been covering the ruling – which she says has broader implications – and joins us on NEXT.
Cadets from the Bridgeport, Connecticut police academy practice for their graduation ceremony, earlier this month. (Credit: Jeff Cohen/ WNPR)