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Vallejo Faces Scrutiny Over Police Shootings


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A Vallejo Police Dept. patrol car.
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A Vallejo Police Dept. patrol car.

In the past three years, 10 people have died in police-involved shootings in the city of Vallejo. In 2012 alone, the rate of officer-involved shootings in Vallejo was 38 times the national rate, prompting a call for the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate. Now the city and its police department face a number of civil rights and wrongful death lawsuits. We talk with KQED reporter Alex Emslie and others about the recent surge in deaths and the Vallejo community's reaction.

Host: Michael Krasny

Guests:

  • Alex Emslie, reporter for KQED News
  • Dennis Kenney, professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, former police officer in Florida and a former project director for the Police Foundation
  • Don du Bain, district attorney of Solano County

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