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Journalist Compares Investigations Of Police Shootings, Plane Crashes

San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis sits beside a podium as rep...

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Above: San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis sits beside a podium as reporters look at a vape device that investigators say was similiar to the item Olango removed from his pocket before he was fatally shot by an El Cajon police officer, Jan. 10, 2017.

Journalist Compares Investigations Of Police Shootings, Plane Crashes


Pagan Kennedy, contributing op-ed writer, The New York Times


Wednesday marks one year since Alfred Olango was shot to death by police in El Cajon. The shooting of the 38-year-old Olango, an unarmed African refugee, was followed by protests, candlelight vigils and an outpouring of frustration and anger.

KPBS Midday Edition will broadcast Wednesday from El Cajon, with a special program dedicated to the Olango shooting and its aftermath.

The New York Times published an op-ed in August about police shootings and why they don't get examined more closely and investigated the way the National Transportation Safety Board investigates airplane crashes.

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Pagan Kennedy, a contributing op-ed writer for The New York Times wrote, "When a plane crashes, experts pick through the wreckage to determine the cause and make recommendations to prevent the next accident. The process is so effective that for the last several years, the death rate from crashes of American commercial planes has been zero. But no comparable system exists in policing — and that may help explain why you are far more likely to die at the hands of a cop than to perish in an plane crash. Police officers in the United States now kill about 1,000 people and wound more than 50,000 every year."

Kennedy joined Midday Edition Tuesday to discuss her reporting.


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