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Listen In, Lubbock: Policing In East Lubbock


The Lubbock Police Department increased their presence in an East Lubbock neighborhood following an uptick in gun violence earlier this year, and the data shows their tactics are working. While older residents welcome the added police presence, younger members feel it’s bordering on harassment. On this episode of Listen in, Lubbock, we look at the complicated relationship between police and the mostly minority, East Lubbock community—a relationship that has historical roots—and how the Lubbock Police Department is working to gain trust.


Matt Stell, evening anchor at KLBK

Andy Wilkinson, Historian

Related articles: 

From the Southwest Collection: 

University Daily article, September 15, 1971 "Blacks debate the reason why"

University Daily article, September 10, 1971 "Dunbar shooting touches off march, disturbance, state of emergency declared, Lubbock suffers city-wide curfew" 

West Texas Times article, September 16, 1971 "City Calm after Three Days Disturbances - Unrest"

LPD substation coverage:

From Matt Stell at KLBK, "First LPD 'substation' set to open this summer in east Lubbock"

TTUPM · FULL AUDIO: Community meeting at Library

Kaysie Ellingson is the former news director for Texas Tech Public Media. She came to Lubbock after living in Anchorage, Alaska, working as a documentary producer for Alaska Public Media. Prior to working in public media, Kaysie earned her master's degree in journalism from the University of Southern California with an emphasis in documentary production.
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