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An Officer Was Filmed Punching Someone. Was It Justified? | “Policing the Police 2020” | FRONTLINE

A Newark police officer was filmed punching someone in May. Correspondent Jelani Cobb asked a police union head if it was justified.

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Their resulting conversation in the new FRONTLINE documentary “Policing the Police 2020” illustrates the debate over use of force in policing: what’s legal, what’s justified and whether those definitions should change. The film is supported by Chasing the Dream, a public media initiative from The WNET Group in New York that examines poverty, justice and economic opportunity in America.

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