A sense of belonging. A desire for civility. Both seem necessary for a welcoming and respectful society. But what happens when these ideas backfire?
In the summer of 1968, after a violent uprising that left major corridors of Washington D.C. destroyed, the federal government funded a community policing project to establish ties between law enforcement and the neighborhoods they served. The experiment, known as the Pilot District Project, was one of the first attempts to repair relationships between D.C.’s largely white police force and mostly black residents. Kojo examines the project’s roots and explores how it impacted the way Washingtonians view community policing today.
- Sarah Leavitt Staff curator, National Building Museum; @BuildingMuseum
- Robert Shellow Former director, Pilot District Project
- Marya McQuirter Historian, 1968 Project; @maryamcquirter
- Eugene Puryear Organizer, Stop Police Terror Project D.C.; Author of “Shackled and Chained: Mass Incarceration in Capitalist America," @EugenePuryear
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