Rod Brunson is the Thomas P. O’Neill Professor of Public Life at Northeastern University. He was interviewed on the Reducing Crime Podcast, discussing his op-ed in the Washington Post that, at the height of the protests around the killing of George Floyd and calls to defund policing, pointed out that under-policing could be just as deadly for high crime neighborhoods as over-policing.
Brunson’s scholarship around police-community relations spans a couple of decades. Accordingly, his writing intended to contribute to the ongoing discussion around police brutality and to help highlight how we might choose to see opportunity emerge from tragedy. In response to traumatic events, he begs the question, “What can we do as a society to move forward?”