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Policing Is Big Business in Gretna | Explorer ctm magazine

Baratunde Thurston investigates the disproportionate number of arrests of black residents for non-violent offenses in Gretna, Louisiana, and how the city racks up revenue from court fines and fees 16 times the national median.
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  • Torin Catanzaro on November 20, 2016

    pls notice me

  • LISBETH GAMARRA on November 20, 2016

    primer comentario 🙆

  • Syed Shah on November 20, 2016

    Pigs life matters? HELL NO! 😂😂

  • Søren Kaas on November 20, 2016

    dont make this about what race you f*cking are

  • Søren Kaas on November 20, 2016

    and if you are white you are double as likely to get shot by police

  • Søren Kaas on November 20, 2016

    this video should be taken down for false information

  • Krunoslav Stifter on November 20, 2016

    Didn't Rupert Murdoch buy NG? I mean how can we trust it? Just asking. Controversial news means ratings which is what counts now in NG. Truth is way, way down the list. Weather this video is truthful or not I don't know but I know I'm skeptical of the owners.

  • Uh Max on November 20, 2016

    So… thousands of them carry drugs?

  • Frank N. Stein on November 20, 2016

    But … but … their lives matter!

  • Felix on November 20, 2016

    Not sure this is a complete picture of the situation. Very biased is reporting. NatGeo should be embarrassed to have their name on this…

  • cultured. on November 20, 2016

    Very informative video, I'm listening. Thankyou.

  • Retly on November 20, 2016

    Oh god not another blm sympathizer

  • Bernard Brunu on November 20, 2016

    Here we go again, I wonder who pays him to do it.

  • Sinan K. on November 20, 2016

    God knows all the wicked people

  • Uncle Traveling Matt on November 20, 2016

    Corrupt as fuck.

  • corey steedman on November 20, 2016

    White whispers are getting sick of this shit!

  • pentuplemintgum666 on November 20, 2016

    Sadly, the truth is much more embarrassing for the human race. Millions of young kids have bought into an "us vs them" mindset based on skin color. Where acting civilized toward your fellow human is considered "acting white" and somehow a bad thing. Then, acting "gangsta" is just "being black", and is just peachy even though "gangstas" pride themselves in being criminals. And there you have it. The problem is not some ghostly racism by the cops (even if they're black they somehow do racism for whitey, ikr), but unchecked criminal behavior and racism in "the black community". Which is itself a racist idea, and only acts like a pressure cooker for more racist ideas. As the past has shown. Which should be the message. The worst part about it is that the media has bought the bullshit. The presenter has failed "his community" by not pointing at the actual elephant in the room, and National Geographic has failed me.

  • John Space on November 20, 2016

    …So the narrative of this short piece is what? The police are doing a to good of a job? The "black community" don't know how to follow basic laws?

  • Jermaine Williams on November 20, 2016

    What are the races of the 46 people arrested for violent offenses?

  • George Hopper on November 20, 2016

    For independent confirmation of what the presenter is saying,  read Arrest Proof Yourself by Dale C. Carson and Wes Denham.  Mr. Carson had the most arrests of any police officer in the state of Florida, served in the Justice Department and is now a defense attorney.  He and Mr. Denham explain the how and why people, particularly minorities, end up on  "The Electronic Plantation.  If that term offends you,  good.  Read the book.  If you have an interest in avoiding arrest and/or staying out of jail, read the book.  it is amazingly easy to get arrested for miscellaneous bovine manure no matter who or what you are.  The presenter said it was largely blacks who were arrested, not exclusively blacks.  Anybody white, black , brown, Asian or the colors of the rainbow can end up on the electronic plantation.  In case you missed it earlier, read the book.  Get it from the library if you can't or don't want to buy it.

  • Lewis Doherty on November 20, 2016

    The number of violent crimes may actually be down because potential perpetrators see the area as aggressively well policed and conduct their crime elsewhere. It would be necessary to compare many statistics in the area.

  • ScienceVsGod on November 20, 2016

    Good thing I lived in gretna

  • Bird on November 20, 2016

    Come on Nat Geo. You know most of your subscribers are white and are going to dislike this. They hate the truth. Throw something up about fishing and falcons and get your likes back lol. Oh and #BlackLivesMatter Beechas! lol

  • Vetty Young on November 20, 2016

    my tail light was out ….ok i can u stopping me to tell me but did it take 3 cop cars surrounding me tp do that nd im a woman nd had 2 other women n the car with me …..gretna cops do go to far

  • Erik Gustafsson on November 21, 2016

    Omg, 90% of America is a bunch racist idiots

  • guyfroml on November 22, 2016

    Shame, shame on National Geographic. I know the facts behind this phony representation of these so called "statistics." Let's just say this story is a classic example of a saying that goes "statistics never lie, but liars use statistics."

  • darkmath100 on November 22, 2016

    I have an idea. How about we do both. Figure out why certain segments of America exonerated Michael Brown after he robbed a convenient store then tried to steal a police officer's gun after being told to stop waking down the middle of the street. AND we investigate why police agencies in places like Gretna sure seem like a profit center when they shouldn't be.
    Because from where I sit I only ever hear each side talking past each other in dog whistles and nothing ever gets done because the concepts of cooperation and forgiveness have been on life support for years in this country.

  • Dionne Harlan on December 23, 2016


  • blockboybrian on January 1, 2017

    That's why I'm voting for William Boartfield.

  • Furious Tiger on June 21, 2017

    I live in gretna 22 years born and raised. I've been stopped and jammed up to many times to count. I've never been arrested for any wrong doing on my part. Gives you an idea of how gretna police are.

  • Ed Lover the trucker Alfred on July 10, 2017

    I was arrested in Gretna for asking a police officer a question! My charge was interfering which was dropped with a $250 fine!

  • T. Bebop on November 8, 2017

    I avoid Gretna at all costs.

  • Heatman on November 10, 2017

    Great report.

  • Hail Rell on January 30, 2018

    funny lawyer told me today that gretna don't have body or dash video nor audio in their car. so it's they word vs our word. I just laugh at him…

  • capt rodgers on February 14, 2018

    maybe they should stop commiting crimes?????????

  • Powder Wig Wooden Teeth MF on March 24, 2018

    It's not the police's fault that most of the thugs are black people in Gretna. It just happens that way, and the police are just doing their jobs.

  • Mike 1 on April 12, 2018

    Let me rephrase…if you do not break the law…you will not be convicted.

  • Chief GB on July 25, 2018

    Got stopped by them yesterday looking at property.

  • William Hicks on February 15, 2019

    I live in gretna they are not playing around but they are some really nice people

  • Roland on July 21, 2019

    I've been in Gretna many times, and haven't had any problems. Maybe it's because I haven't committed any crimes. Although I have seen two black men arrested in Gretna. they stole my father's car one night, and I saw them the next night and chased them down to Gretna. I guess they would be in that statistic of black men who are arrested in Gretna. Two black men who stole a car!!

  • THAT RANDOM CHANNEL on July 22, 2019

    That is a misleading number because the court house for the entire parish is in Gretna so naturally some revenues are from Jefferson Parish police department.

  • William TOAD on September 5, 2019

    Wasn’t this the same city that turned away people trying to escape from a 80% flooded city with no food, water, electricity, etc by shotgun brigade after Katrina

  • Todd on March 23, 2020

    Law Abiding citizens that live in Gretna back their Police force 100% because they’re out there effectively keeping crime rates down by MAKING A LOT OF ARRESTS.

  • R on April 10, 2020

    “Young women, mind your children…or harm will come your way.”-Professor Wexler

  • JCL Systems on June 8, 2020


  • Clem fandango on August 2, 2020

    Lots of moving violation stops, and guess what demographic don’t fix busted lights, have current brake tags, cracked windows, expired tags, run stop signs, speed in residential areas. But somehow have the new Jordan’s a tight fade and blunts to smoke. I see it everyday.

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