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In Wake Of Shootings, Former Seattle Police Chief Calls For ‘Fundamental Shift’ In Police Culture

Photo and book cover courtesy of Norm Stamper

Following a painful week in our country with the deaths of two black men at the hands of the police, as well as the deadliest day for U.S. law enforcement since 9/11, many of us are asking what changes need to be made to improve community-police relations.

Former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, an advocate of police reform, has written extensively on the topic. KPLU’s Erin Hennessey spoke to Stamper about his recent book “To Protect and Serve: How to Fix America’s Police.”

Before accepting the position of News Director in 1996, she spent five years as knkx's All Things Considered Host and filed news stories for knkx and NPR. Erin is a native of Spokane and a graduate of the University of Washington and London's City University - Center for Journalism Studies. Erin worked in the film industry and as a print journalist in London and New York before returning to Seattle to work in broadcast news.