The Martese Johnson Case: What Were Police Thinking?

The Martese Johnson Case: What Were Police Thinking?

From Odyssey Networks’ Faith on the Record series: In a nationwide atmosphere of heightened racial tensions, particularly between police and African-American men, UVA undergrad Martese Johnson (majoring in Italian and media studies on a full scholarship) was recently arrested outside an Irish pub on suspicion of underage drinking. The shocking degree of force used during his arrest, which left Johnson in need of ten stitches, has led to renewed cries of racial prejudice in policing. I hope we all examine: “What really happened here? Cops lost it. Most cops don’t, but this is a wake-up call for moments when they do.”

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Brad Hirschfield

Brad Hirschfield is the co-founder and co-executive editor of The Wisdom Daily. A rabbi, Brad has been featured on ABC's Nightline UpClose, PBS's Frontline, Fox News and National Public Radio. He wrote a long-standing column, "For God's Sake," for the Washington Post, and has also written for The Huffington Post and He authored the book, You Don?t Have To Be Wrong For Me To Be Right: Finding Faith Without Fanaticism. Brad also serves as President of Clal, The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership, a leadership training institute, think tank and resource center in New York City.

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