Daytona Beach Daytona Beach, Daytona Beach, Mike Chitwood discussed on Radiolab


AM gentlemen. Ron I'm Robert krulwich and just let's just pick right back up with our our story from Florida with Tampa Bay times. Reporter Ben Montgomery and our own Matt Kilty so day to d- to Daytona lead. Fifty three may third Daytona Beach Daytona Beach is about everything and what happened was into the same with these women mostly black who have lost people to police violence, and I'm time sitting across the table from an African American city councilman Daytona Beach, and I told him what I've been working on. I told him some of the numbers we learned. And he said you really need to meet our police chief. Got your name is Mike Chitwood. Just. Yeah. Just a microphone. He's the police chief of Daytona Beach. Known for its wild and raucous spring break scenes. They have bike week the draws five hundred thousand bikers from all over the country. Daytona International Speedway and on top of that the permanent population. There's like sixty two thousand people and over that six year period. They've only had four police shootings, and that's low. Yeah. Like that. That's really low Jesse. I need to break down for one fifteen and in fact, while we were there by race of tickets interests assistant pronounce these spreadsheets others the stats. Thank you. You have to do the math and the species actually kind of fascinating. Because if you look at them, you can go right down here, and it can add them up for things like aggravated assault theft, shoplifting speeding or arrest ratio. And our ticket ratio basically mirrors shitty in terms of racial demographics. We're we're roughly a sixty forty shitty sixty percent white forty percent African American. And so when you look at these numbers, it's pretty much what you see tickets for speeding about sixty forty rest for theft about sixty forty. That's the way we're supposed to in theory approach to law. And so what are they doing differently? Well, a whole bunch of things first of all when all these these incidents were occurring in. Around the country with Ferguson and everything else. We did a race in policing mandatory training for the entire PD. And basically what we wanted our officers to do number one to learn the history of the country. Of course, the history of the country is that we are a racist nation number. I want to look at it and started with moving the Indians off of their land for manifest destiny. When you look at Jim crow laws when you look at the civil war, yoga slavery. When you look in a bull Connor, for example of turning the dogs and fire hoses loose on civil rights marchers. So it's important for officers to understand that that you may go into an African American community, and you may think enacting talk away where you think you're being respectful and understanding, but in reality, you're not, but let's not for a moment. Think that there isn't biased in in policing because there's biased we all have biased in an a trick is. No of Detroit. I don't know if any of us know how to contain that. How do we stop that bias from coming for when you make a decision? And I think I've read a lot about implicit bias..

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