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Police-Community Relations And Race

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Not long after Police Commissioner Anthony Batts arrived in Baltimore in September 2012, he established a unit to focus on community partnerships. He put veteran Lt. Col. Melvin Russell in charge of the division. Today, we’re going to revisit a conversation we had with Lt. Col. Russell two years ago, as part of our year-long series on race and inequality, The Lines Between Us. Like many of the topics discussed in that series, Lt. Col. Russell’s thoughts bear repeating now.

We started that episode with a story from the streets of Northeast Baltimore. Auddio Viddeo is a hip-hop producer who talked to us about a song he had written criticizing Baltimore’s blue-light police cameras. While he was here, he also shared this story about a run-in he had with the Baltimore Police.

Audio for this segment will be available by the end of the day.

Sheilah Kast is the host of On The Record, Monday-Friday, 9:30-10:00 am.