10 episodes

How did American police get so violent? The answer to that question goes back centuries, to the earliest days of this nation. On this special podcast miniseries hosts Robert Evans and rap artist Propaganda (Jason Petty) draw a straight line from the darkest days of slavery, to the murder of George Floyd and the mass violence American police meted out to their citizens this summer. 

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How did American police get so violent? The answer to that question goes back centuries, to the earliest days of this nation. On this special podcast miniseries hosts Robert Evans and rap artist Propaganda (Jason Petty) draw a straight line from the darkest days of slavery, to the murder of George Floyd and the mass violence American police meted out to their citizens this summer. 

    Introducing: 'Behind the Insurrections'

    Introducing: 'Behind the Insurrections'

    In the wake of the January 6th insurrection in D.C., Robert Evans and co-host Propaganda take a look at fascist insurrections throughout history. They also unpack the evolution, successes, and failures of antifascists in Italy, Germany, and Spain.
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    • 1 min

    How The Police Declared War On All Of Us

    How The Police Declared War On All Of Us

    For the last episode of Behind the Police, we discuss the history of police militarization in the United States, and where it's led us to today. 
    FOOTNOTES:

    I'm From Philly. 30 Years Later, I'm Still Trying To Make Sense Of The MOVE Bombing

    The History of Policing in the United States

    A New History Tears Down the Myth of the Texas Rangers

    American Police Training and Political Violence: From the Philippines Conquest to the Killing Fields of Afghanistan and Iraq

    THE MILITARIZATION OF THE PHILADELPHIA POLICE

    Militarized policing doesn’t reduce crime and disproportionately hits black communities

    Multi-Method Study Of Special Weapons and Tactics Teams 

    The Growing Epidemic of Cops Shooting Family Dogs

    U.S. spends twice as much on law and order as it does on cash welfare, data show

    Militarization fails to enhance police safety or reduce crime but may harm police reputation

    Police officers in the US were charged with more than 400 rapes over a 9-year period

    'Who will protect you from rape without police?'

    More cops. Is it the answer to fighting crime?

    How shows like ‘Cops’ and ‘Law & Order’ affect our views of the police

    The Militarization of America's Police: A Brief History


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    • 2 hrs 30 min
    How Police Unions Made Cops Even Deadlier

    How Police Unions Made Cops Even Deadlier

    If you thought police were deadly up till this point, wait until you hear about what unionization did to the U.S. police (hint: it got a hell of a lot of the rest of us killed.)
    FOOTNOTES:

    The History of Policing in the United States

    Study finds misconduct spreads among police officers like contagion

    The End of Policing 

    How Police Unions Became Such Powerful Opponents to Reform Efforts

    The unjust power of police unions

    How Police Unions Enable and Conceal Abuses of Power

    Minneapolis Police Union President Allegedly Wore a “White Power Patch” and Made Racist Remarks

    Police chiefs are often forced to put officers fired for misconduct back on the streets

    How a 50-year-old study was misconstrued to create destructive broken-windows policing

    In New York, major crime complaints fell when cops took a break from ‘proactive policing’


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    • 1 hr 41 min
    How The Police Defeated Lynching Via Torture

    How The Police Defeated Lynching Via Torture

    Lynching was the sharpest blade in the arsenal of white supremacy for decades, until American police replaced it with the death penalty. In this episode, Prop and Robert trace the evolution of police torture, and how the legacy of 'the third degree' persists in law enforcement to this day. 
    FOOTNOTES:

    History of the KKK in Oklahoma

    Tulsa, Oklahoma, Race Riot

    Tulsa Timeline

    The Color of the Third Degree: Racism, Police Torture, and Civil Rights in the American South, 1930–1955

    ACCUSED TORTURER JON BURGE DIED LAST WEEK, BUT HIS LEGACY OF BRUTAL, RACIST POLICING LIVES ON IN CHICAGO

    CHICAGO POLICE TORTURE: EXPLAINED


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    • 1 hr 34 min
    The History of American Police and the Ku Klux Klan

    The History of American Police and the Ku Klux Klan

    For years protesters have chanted that the 'cops and klan go hand in hand'. Today, we discuss the very real history behind that, and how it influenced the birth of American policing.
    FOOTNOTES:

    KKK in the PD

    The Red Summer of 1919, Explained

    At least 2,000 more black people were lynched by white mobs than previously reported, new research finds

    Extremist cops: how US law enforcement is failing to police itself

    Yesterday’s Ku Klux Klan members are today’s police officers, councilwoman says

    The FBI’s Secret Rules

    Ku-Klux: The Birth of the Klan during Reconstruction

    The US government destroyed the Ku Klux Klan once. It could do so again

    Constituting whiteness: The National Horse Thief Detective Association and racial mores in Indiana, 1850–1930

    When Watchmen were Klansmen

    The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow


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    • 1 hr 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Philby Dee ,

Fascinatingly Outraging

Robert Evans strikes again with an in depth look into the roots of modern policing and its disturbing origins as a way to suppress labour, break up unions and brutalise people of colour. Mandatory listening in these perilous times.

Snsbaudneniahdb1121119284 ,

Anti-Police Propaganda

1 star

hollywoodbabylon6 ,

annoying

a bunch of bros just cackling, so annoying.

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