Monday, February 22, 2021

DAY ONE OF CONFIRMATION HEARINGS FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL NOMINEE MERRICK GARLAND

PROFESSOR ALAIN SANDERS is an associate professor of political science at Saint Peter’s College in New Jersey where he teaches courses in American politics and constitutional law.

WEBSITE: https://www.saintpeters.edu

A retired lawyer, he is a former Time Magazine senior reporter on law and politics.

THE MILITARIZATION AND ISSUE OF DEFUNDING POLICE

Former police officer RANDY PETERSEN, who is also a Senior Researcher at the Texas Public Policy Foundation joins us to talk about recent legislation under the National Defense Authorization Act which could signal a move to cut the supply of military offensive weapons from police.

WEBSITE: https://www.texaspolicy.com

Petersen spent twenty-one years in law enforcement in Bloomingdale, Illinois, working in patrol, investigations, administration, and management. After retiring from the Bloomingdale Police Department, Randy moved to Texas where he was the Director of the Tarrant County College District Criminal Justice Training Center, one of the busiest police academies in the state. The academy was responsible for basic police training for over forty different police agencies in the DFW Metroplex as well as in-service training for current law enforcement officers from all over the country. Randy is passionate about law enforcement and criminal justice policy issues.  His research specialties include the militarization of law enforcement, police training, and police assisted diversion programs. Randy holds a B.S. in Legal Studies and a M.S. in Justice Administration and Crime Management from Bellevue University.