Message to the Grass Roots: Is Your Police Department Breeding Racism?

An episode of Message to the Grassroots, a cable access talk show produced & hosted by Michael Zinzun from 1988-1998 at Pasadena Community Access Corporation, which is now Pasadena Media . This program focuses on racism within the LAPD.

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1:55Copy video clip URL “Message to the Grass Roots with Michael Zinzun: Is Your Police Department Breeding Racism?” Guests: “Robert Mann, John Burton, Edgar Pope, and David Lynn.” Zinzun gives a brief history and statistics of violence in the LA police department. Each guest speaks about how they became a part of dealing with police violence, and how they are involved. Poor audio quality. Zinzun mentions that there was going to be a member of the LAPD on the show, but after many death threats, she decided not to come on for her own safety. 

17:12Copy video clip URL Zinzun asks Mann to speak about the LA police dogs. Mann gives a brief history about the use of dogs. He describes the injuries that police dogs can frequently inflict. He shows photos of victims of dog bites. He gives statistics about the number and kind of people that are bitten by dogs. Burton speaks very briefly about how police have corrupted the use of dogs. Commercial break. 

35:53Copy video clip URL Show returns. Lynn speaks about KKK activity within the L.A. police department. Clip of KKK activity. Lynn continues his presentation on KKK activity within the LAPD. He shows KKK propaganda that has been sent to the LAPD, and describes several instances of LAPD involvement or harassment of black officers. Pope speaks briefly about a prison sit-in that they will discuss during the extra half-hour of the show. Credits. Cut to black. 

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