The Conversation: Wednesday, September 21st, 2016
Lethal Force in Policing; Hawaiians Stand for Indigenous Rights; The Privilege of Voting
What should be the criteria for police to use deadly force? Ken Lawson
The fatal shooting of a black man last night in Charlotte, North Carolina, and another of a clearly unarmed black man Friday in Tulsa, Oklahoma have brought the issue to the fore once again: what are police criteria for the use of deadly force? Are they consistent? Are officers properly trained? Ken Lawson is a former criminal lawyer who teaches Criminal Procedure and Criminal Law at UH, and we asked him to weigh in.
Intro Music: You Don't Write by Ka'au Crater Boys
Outro Music: Cannons by Youth Lagoon
Hawaiians standing with other indigenous cultures in North Dakota and California: Pua Case
When Lili’uokalani was imprisoned, her motto became Onipa'a - Stand together! More than a century later, many Native Hawaiians still practice this principle, not only for Hawaiian sovereignty, but in solidarity with Native American Nations on the Mainland. In North Dakota, the Lakota protest against another oil pipeline, and in California, the Winnemem Wintu struggle to preserve water rights for their salmon. Pua Case is with the Winnemem Wintu in California.
Intro Music: 7 Feathers by Nahko and Medicine for The People
Outro Music: Wave Form by Islands
Civil Beat Reality Check: Police Misconduct
City prosecutors are bound by federal law to disclose all the evidence they have gathered in criminal cases with opposing counsel, to ensure a fair trial. But a local criminal defense attorney says the Honolulu Department of the Prosecuting Attorney routinely hides information about police misconduct, and he’s taking his case to the State Supreme Court.
Intro Music: Buffalo by Toro Y Moi
Outro Music: Morning by Marc E. Bassy
The Privilege of Voting: Marsha Rose Joyner
Americans are notorious for taking their voting rights for granted -- to the point of neglecting to do it, when so much is at stake. National Voter Registration Day is an effort to get you to the polling place, regardless of how you plan to vote once you get there -- and perhaps, along the way, to reflect on what a privilege it is. National Voter Registration Day is September 27th. Marsha Rose Joyner is part of the Hawaii effort, and she’s with us in our studio.
Outro Music: Good to Be Alive by Hit the Button Karaoke
Maui County’s Farm Apprentice Mentoring Program: Phyllis Robinson
Mention Maui to most people and they think of Haleakala, Hana, Lahaina and tourism… But agriculture is a major part of life on the Valley Isle, and you can't have it without farmers-- So you want to become a farmer on Maui-- Where do you start? Land is pretty expensive in Paradise-- Well, why not become an apprentice? That’s what FAM is all about. FAM stands for the Farm Apprentice Mentoring program, and Phyllis Robinson manages it on Maui.
Intro Music: Aint No Man by The Avett Brothers
Outro Music: Heavy Things by Phish