Description: Episode #49 OBD: Nov-64 TRT: 30 min Description: The hour long public affairs program probes deeply into the question of what the proper powers of the police are in a modern democratic society. A panel of experts on criminology and law enforcement procedures participates in an extensive analysis of many of the major concerns regarding police authority in the United States today. Subject matter under consideration includes the problems that confront the police in carrying out assignments, the conflicts between civil liberties and police methods, the ability of the police to effectively and legally protect the public with the tools at their disposal, the attitudes of the police and public toward one another, and the question of whether recent Supreme court decisions, generally favoring civil liberties, have seriously hampered police authority. Gresham Sykes, a criminologist and executive director of the American Sociological Association, Washington, DC, is the moderator for the discussion. He is joined by O.W. Wilson, former dean of criminology at the University of California at Berkeley, now the superintendent of the Chicago police department; Yale Kamisar, professor of law at the University of Minnesota Law School, and a visiting professor of police science at Long Beach State College, California; and Fred E. Inbau, professor of law at Northwestern Law School, Illinois. In addition, AT ISSUE: POLICE POWER presents an exclusive interview with Danny Escobedo, a young Chicagoan who was the center of a recent stormy Supreme Court ruling. Mr. Escobedo, without benefit of legal counsel, confessed to being an accessory to murder, and spent four years in prison. The Court ruled that his confession and others which have been extracted without legal advice are not admissible as evidence in a court of law. The monthly program also takes its cameras to New York, Georgia, Illinois, New Mexico, Nebraska and other states to get the man-on-the-street’s opinion regarding the effectiveness of today’s police forces and their methods. AT ISSUE: POLICE POWER A 1964 production of National Educational Television Executive Producer: Alvin Perlmutter Producer: Andrew Stern Associate Producer: Lois Shaw
Keywords: women's rights
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