Dr. Melina Abdullah discusses BLM and police transparency

After a unanimous vote, the LA Police Commission Tuesday told Chief Charlie Beck that the LAPD must be more transparent in its dealings with the public regarding police shootings.

There were other proposals regarding the LAPD's use of force as well.

The changes come after months of protests in the wake of LA police shootings. The commission earlier this year, ordered that the department review its training and change its policies to specifically require that officers, when possible, try to defuse tense encounters before firing their guns.

But those changes have come too slowly for some, and the anger…particularly in the black community is growing.
Giving voice to that anger, not just in LA but around the country for the last three years is the group Black Lives Matter. 

The reforms ordered Tuesday are a victory for the movement, but police reform is just one of their goals.

Joining us is one of the founders of Black Lives Matter in Southern California - Dr. Melina Abdullah. She is a PHD in Political Science and Professor and Chair of Pan-African Studies at California State LA.

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