10/16/2014 03:43 pm ET Updated Oct 16, 2014

"The Game Is Rigged": Longtime Defense Attorney Robbin Shipp Takes On The Carceral State

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As the arrest of Cornel West and others in Ferguson this week made clear, the national conversation that began this summer following the killing of teenager Michael Brown by officer Darren Wilson is not over, and is unlikely to be so any time soon. That’s due in significant part to the tenacity and endurance of activists in Missouri and elsewhere who refuse to let the national media turn its fickle attention elsewhere. But it’s due in larger part to the stubborn fact that the social maladies revealed in the Brown incident — police brutality, the rise of mass incarceration and the persistent scourge of institutional racism — are dysfunctions that, left unaddressed, will simply not go away.

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