What Happened to the Police?

The police swear an oath to protect and serve. So why is it that so many populations live in fear of them? The use of police force to oppress minorities is nothing new, but neither is it inevitable. It is the direct result of policies that give officers the wrong tools, incentives, and motivations to do their jobs right. Sam Martin, creative director at Free the People, dives into the history of the war on drugs, militarization of the police, qualified immunity, and other systemic problems that have given rise to the racial and class divides that we face today.

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Sam Martin

Sam Martin is the Creative Director at Free the People. Sam has over a decade of experience in cinematic storytelling, acting, and production. Sam directed Free the People’s How to Love Your Enemy, a full-length documentary about restorative justice. He also hosts three series at Free the People: Freedom Over Fear, Cult of Wokeness, and Liberty Beats.

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