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  • Four activist groups are urging a South Carolina city to create an independent body to oversee efforts to reduce racial disparities in its police department. The recommendation for the city of North Charleston comes from Charleston Area Justice Ministry, the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Charleston's Black Lives Matter chapter and the American Civil Liberties Union. The Post and Courier reports that the groups say public oversight is needed as the city works to address findings of an audit. That audit found racial disparities in police department practices, including field interviews, use of force, arrests and traffic stops.
  • Jamal Sutherland's family, a newly elected sheriff and the solicitor weigh in on a need for change following a decision not file charges against two detention officers.
  • A protest outside a South Carolina police station included bottles and rocks thrown at officers in riot gear, but no arrests or injuries. Protesters outside the Rock Hill police station Wednesday night also set a small fire outside the building before leaving just after midnight. The protests were over the arrests of two men at a gas station Wednesday afternoon. A Facebook video showed several officers wrestling with both men and forcing them to the ground. One officer is seen throwing punches and a man's face was bloodied. Rock Hill police say they are reviewing the force used in the arrests.
  • De-escalating Disability explores the intersectionality of autism, race, and policing.On this episode, we hear what one mother is telling her son with Autism Spectrum Disorder about interacting with police and how she feels officers aren't prepared enough to handle such a situation without it possibly turning into a tragedy.
  • De-escalating Disability explores the intersectionality of autism, race, and policing.On this fourth installment, we take a closer look at policing in South Carolina, speak with the head of the state's criminal justice academy, and hear what others on the frontline of the law are doing to improve relations with the communities they serve.
  • De-escalating Disability explores the intersectionality of autism, race, policing — breaking down the myths surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), hear from those affected, and meet those pushing for awareness and making change.On this first episode, we examine issues of excessive force practices used by police officers, especially when they involve unarmed individuals and people of color. Factoring in a person living with ASD, and the resulting breakdown of miscommunication and perceived threat, can lead to troubling incidents with sometimes lethal consequences.
  • De-escalating Disability explores the intersectionality of autism, race, policing.On this fourth installment, we take a closer look at policing in South…
  • De-escalating Disability explores the intersectionality of autism, race, and policing.On this episode, we hear what one mother is telling her son with Autism Spectrum Disorder about interacting with police and how she feels officers aren't prepared enough to handle such a situation without it possibly turning into a tragedy.
  • De-escalating Disability explores the intersectionality of autism, race, and policing.On this second installment, we speak with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) specialist Dr. Laura Carpenter of the Medical University of South Carolina about the fundamentals of ASD as well as her research into the interaction between people with disabilities and the criminal justice system.
  • De-escalating Disability explores the intersectionality of autism, race, policing — breaking down the myths surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), hear from those affected, and meet those pushing for awareness and making change.On this first episode, we examine issues of excessive force practices used by police officers, especially when they involve unarmed individuals and people of color. Factoring in a person living with ASD, and the resulting breakdown of miscommunication and perceived threat, can lead to troubling incidents with sometimes lethal consequences.