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The KUT Longhorn Radio Network Presents: Mexican American Experience Collection

Audio recordings including interviews, music, and informational programs related to the Mexican American community and their concerns in the series "The Mexican American Experience" and "A esta hora conversamos" from the Longhorn Radio Network, 1976-1982.

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Civil Rights And The Texas Police
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Social Issues
Linda Fregoso
Juan Hinojosa, Larry Trujillo, Vicente Gonzales
May 1, 1981

Civil Rights and the Texas Police

Linda Fregoso speaks with Juan Hinojosa, Vicente Gonzalez and Larry Trujillo about police brutality in Chicano communities. Larry Trujillo, a professor of Chicano Studies, explains that historically the Chicano community has perceived the police as both a repressive and protective force. The increasing incidences of police brutality in Chicano communities is part of a larger history in which private police sought to keep Mexicans and the working class in their place, and Trujillo explains that police crime is often an issue of both race and class.

State Representative Juan Hinojosa then discusses the video of police officers beating prisoners in McAllen, Texas. He explains that for years the city ignored the issue of police brutality, but now successful suits filed by the American Civil Liberties Union have demanded officials address the problem.

Vicente Gonzalez of the San Antonio Civil Rights Litigation Center then explores the case of Hector Santos Coy, who was killed by a police officer. Gonzalez describes some of the corruption that has marked the case and argues that we need to change the police training system and their interactions with minorities. The episode concludes with other suggestions for ways to curtail police brutality, such as increasing the use of stun weapons and addressing unemployment and the lack of educational opportunities.


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