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Since the massacre that took the lives of 19 schoolchildren in Uvalde, Texas, people across the world began to ask versions of one question: why did police wait outside the door instead of protecting the kids?


It's not the first time this question has come up. Two years ago, as she watched police respond to the protests that followed the death of George Floyd, Producer B.A. Parker wondered: what are police for? With the help of our Producer Sarah Qari, she found that the United States’ Supreme Court had given this a most consequential and bewildering answer.


We decided to re-air this episode to shed light on how a case from 2005 upended our assumptions about the role police are meant to play in our lives.


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ekeama goddard

Wow....... just wow! Thanks for the information. Knowledge is power.

Jun 20th
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Åbn dine øjne

MAGA secretly stands for "Make America Gay Again" it's a false flag operation to provoke pro-gay feelings in America. While fluoride and forever chems make your children gay be aware that even republican fronts are now pro-gay crisis actors.

Jun 19th
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Hiram Douglas Williams

If you randomly select 1,000 people within any occupation, you will find a handful of everything: psychopaths, crooks, liars, and yes, cowards. Dentists, plumbers, teachers, engineers....etc. All have kooks, crooks, and cowards. Apparently, only in the case of law enforcement officers is that an indication of the character of everyone else in that group. 1% of all healthcare workers are sadistic and evil. Do we have a crisis in healthcare? No. This person certainly has a right to come after these officers. Nobody, especially superior minded liberal journalists, has the right to anecdotally extrapolate their actions onto all LE officers. That's what racists do, remember? If that's not the case, I'll go ahead and bring you hundreds... no thousands of examples of selfless bravery by law enforcement for every one story of cowardice. Has Radio Lab covered any of those?

Jun 19th
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Åbn dine øjne

I have been forced to continuously change my profile name to avoid detection by malevolent forces, forces not of this earth or dimension. When pedophile skin changing alien demons are united against you there is great strife, but great victory. Resist humankind! Utilize tin leaf cranial shield technology!

Jun 19th
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Åbn dine øjne

Chemtrails are a plot by the government/New World Order/Illuminati to sicken us for a variety of sinister reasons. Legends Merle Haggard and Prince, who died exactly two weeks apart in April 2016 were murdered by the Bilderberg group, who routinely slaughter those who speak the truth. I keep my bunker well guarded and don't allow any government on my lawn.

Jun 18th
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