Rapper-Turned-Cop's One-Man Show Offers Unique Perspective on Police Shootings

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Jinho "The Piper" Ferreira had a thriving career as a rapper in 2009, when Oscar Grant was killed by a BART police officer. Watching the dysfunctional relationship between the black community and the police in the protests that followed the killing, he decided to get involved. He now works as a sheriff's deputy in Alameda County. We talk with Ferreira, whose one-man play "Cops and Robbers" explores issues of violence and law enforcement in Oakland.

Cops and Robbers from Charles Berkowitz on Vimeo.


Jinho Ferreira, actor, author of "Cops and Robbers," deputy in the Alameda County Sheriff's Office and rapper with the trio Flipsyde