Originally broadcast: August 11, 2013.
Recorded August 8, 2013
Samuel Walker has spent his career asking who polices the police. His books and paper titles read like a laundry list of horror stories – police abuse of teenage girls, the unsuccessful nature of police “sweeps” – but he also expresses an optimism about community influence and citizen involvement. On this episode, we dive headfirst into the controversial and complicated world of law enforcement.
Samuel Walker is Emeritus Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Nebraska, Omaha. He received a Ph.D. in American History from Ohio State University in 1973. He has taught at UNO since 1974. He is the author of 11 books on policing, criminal justice history and policy, and civil liberties. Professor Walker’s current research involves police accountability, focusing primarily on citizen oversight of the police and police Early Warning (EW) systems. The research on citizen oversight is published in Police Accountability.
Samuel Walker’s website and blog can be found here.