Use of Force – Audio in 3 Parts

Part 1: Drill Sergeant Ontiveros & Restraint


Part 2: Institutions Collide: Stephen Mader
Quoted Article


Part 3: Phil Klay & Respecting the “Enemy”
Quoted Article



I’m definitely no Ira Glass. I found myself really self-conscious while recording, despite being alone with just a recorder. I went through a few iterations of what kinds of stories I wanted to use and what point I wanted to make before settling on use of force. This, along with contrasting accountability and punishment mechanisms between policing and the military, is one of the two most interesting juxtapositions I’ve found so far for use in my thesis. Collecting these stories and tying them together with a single thread was an incredibly useful exercise both in storytelling generally and for my thesis specifically.

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