Wednesday, May 13, 2015

At Which Point A Brother Goes All Wolverine: What Happens When a Corrupt Cop Flees Into the Woods for 20 Years?

I am in the process of editing this week's installment of The Chauncey DeVega Show.

Because I have begun a humble podcast endeavor that has some great surprise guests in store for next month--I got to offer something extra fun and cool during fundraising month, as that is how I roll--I also like to share and listen to other interesting online shows whenever possible.

I have spent a good amount of time talking about thug killer cops here on WARN and in my work elsewhere. One of my recurring questions is, "how and why do the supposedly 'good apples' in America's police turn so bad?"

Of course, there is a culture of violence, authoritarianism, and white supremacy among America's police departments. But, how does one cop explain his turning to "the dark side?" And what does he or she do when they fear being caught?

The great podcast series Snap Judgement has the answer--at least to how one cop became a rapist crook and then fled into the woods for 20 years in order to avoid arrest.

"Unforgiven" also chronicles his amazing road back to society and some type of partial redemption.

Good stuff here folks.

A bonus, and a podcast that I have been listening to repeatedly for reasons of personal inspiration and also entertainment.

Whatever happened to "Gorgeous Dre" (government name "Andre Taylor") from the great documentary American Pimp? Apparently, he is now a motivational speaker.

He is a wise man who has learned a new hustle.

From Love + Radio:

Do you have any podcasts or other online programming that you would like to share?


ericacbarnett said...

Thank you for linking this. I stood at a bus stop listening to this piece for 20 minutes before even THINKING to be pissed off that the bus didn't come, it was so enthralling and surprising.

chauncey devega said...

Enthralling isn't it? Needs to be a movie. The fact that the judge let him off at the end still troubles me though.

Buddy said...

Saw BLACKISH last night

Oldest son joins his school's republican club.
His father has a brief nightmare of his son on Bill Maher's show saying "Let me tell you what's wrong black people"

joe manning said...

The Euell Gibbons guy tended to stress the survivalist part of his story to the neglect of the dirty cop aspect. Seems like the judge let him off to protect the thin blue line. If he's really contrite an expose of departmental police brutality.

TenarDarell said...

I listen to a lot of podcasts. It's actually getting to the point where I don't have time to listen to all my favorites. So they rotate. For a while I was listening with great excitement to the Revolutions series of podcasts. It starts with the English Civil War, goes on to the American Revolution (the best partly due to familiarity), and next to the French Revolution. I got sidetracked during the French Revolution by the news based podcasts, which just seem to grow more common in my primary queue. I also really enjoy the You Are Not So Smart podcast, because it always make me think about motivations, and illuminate current events.

Gable1111 said...

Working now so I'll listen to the pod casts later.

But a thought occurred about cops "going bad." From the perspective of many cops and their knee jerk supporters, killing unarmed black men is not "bad" but them doing their job. Indeed, many of these cops have described what they've done that way, e.g. "the law" says I can kill someone under these conditions and therefore it is my "right" to "do my job" and kill. Nevermind if it makes any common sense or not.