Retired Baltimore police officer, police management scholar, and whistleblower Michael Wood Jr. has become well known for his scholarly, as well as personal, criticism of modern policing in the United States. In this segment, Michael examines the roots of the modern police state, including the enormous blindspots police and citizens alike have regarding the primary functions police are commonly perceived to serve — versus the more disturbing reality of what law enforcement actually serves, and preserves, in our society. Michael provides a historical and systematic analysis of the underlying issues with policing in general, including a thorough examination of the roots of systemic racism within policing specifically, and the faulty philosophical and ethical foundations the criminal justice system rests on more broadly.
Michael Wood Jr. is a police management scholar, who after spending a career in the USMC and Baltimore Police Department, took to dismantling the blue wall of silence and creating the pathway to reform; a model called Civilian-Led Policing. His fight for justice has included leading the historic Veterans for Standing Rock action in December of 2016, standing on the front lines of civil rights protests, opposing money in politics, and weaponizing privileges to elevate the voices of others. You can find Michael in hundreds of media appearances, from HBO’s Fixing the System documentary with President Obama, to The Joe Rogan Experience, to published opinion pieces in The Guardian and Baltimore Sun, and everything in-between, where he furthers the discussion on criminal justice systems and institutions, and the needs of society.
Learn more about Michael and his work at his website: https://imembermedia.com
This is a segment of episode #163 of Last Born In The Wilderness “Dismantling The Blue Wall Of Silence: Examining The Modern Police State w/ Michael Wood Jr.” Listen to the full episode: http://bit.ly/LBWwood