Posted on February 17, 2021 at 8:00 AM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

We’re willing to bet that few people have matched the kind of research that Rosa Brooks did for her new release, Tangled Up in Blue: Policing The American City.

Brooks, a law professor and human rights activist (and the daughter of Barbara Ehrenreich), served as a reserve officer with Washington, D.C.'s police department from 2016 to 2020.

Her hope, upon joining, was that she could better understand police violence and racial disparities in our justice system, and as she tells Fresh Air’s Terry Gross, she certainly gained some key takeaways.

To be specific: that while police reforms are necessary, so too are understanding the “impossible” requirements of officers and realizing that it isn’t just the police who need to change.

Brooks explains how she came to these conclusions in an interview to promote Tangled Up in Blue; you can listen to this conversation below or read an edited version of it on NPR’s website.

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