Rutgers University Professor Brittney Cooper Wants Less Police ‘Encounters,’ Not Friendlier Ones

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The death of Eric Garner at the hands of the New York City Police Department, and additional videos that have surfaced showing police using excessive force and placing individual in chokeholds, have sparked a heated debate about police brutality against African-Americans and in inner-city communities.

On Tuesday, HuffPost Live facilitated a conversation about NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton’s decision to send officers to train with the LAPD. Dr. Brittney Cooper, a professor of Africana studies at Rutgers University, explained why she thinks NYPD attempts to merely change officer training techniques will not be enough to erase a long history of tension between NYPD and the city’s black population…READ MORE.

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