MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell praises Boston police for progress in one of America's "most racist" cities


MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell is bringing renewed attention to police brutality. The “Last Word” host joined “Salon Talks” to present the new version of a book he originally published in 1983. The book, “Deadly Force: A Police Shooting and My Family’s Search for the Truth,” follows the story of James Bowden, Jr., an unarmed black man who was killed by a Boston police officer in 1975, and O’Donnell’s personal connection to the story.

O’Donnell is renewing the book because of the insight and relevance it gives to today’s climate around criminal justice and how the use of body cameras and social media are changing the visibility of unarmed black men who are killed by the police. O’Donnell explains to Salon’s D. Watkins why he’s hopeful about police reform, specifically in the Boston police department. “The story I tell in this book could not happen again in the Boston Police Department today,” O’Donnell said. “They moved things forward. They moved things forward after this book came out. I had quiet communication with the new younger police officers that were coming into the command positions in the Boston Police Department.”

Watch the interview above to learn more about O’Donnell’s take on how police departments are changing and why more people are paying attention. Tune in for SalonTV's live shows, "Salon Talks" and "Salon Stage", daily at noon ET / 9 a.m. PT and 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT, streaming live on YouTube, Facebook and Periscope.

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