Who was Dan Mitrione? What was he accused of doing in Uruguay? What did the US Office of Public Safety do to increase police repression? What lessons in this period in Uruguayan history teach us about police violence and reform today? The LMC tries to find out by speaking with Stuart Schrader on police repression both yesterday and today. Stuart Schrader is the Associate Director of the Program in Racism, Immigration, and Citizenship at Johns Hopkins University and the author of, “Badges Without Borders: How Global Counterinsurgency Transformed American Policing.”
On this episode, the LMC speaks with Francesca Lessa about Uruguay’s forgotten dictatorship, recent struggles to bring government officials to justice, and Uruguay’s role in Operation Condor in the 1970’s. Francesca Lessa is a Marie Curie research fellow on Human Rights, Transitional Justice, South America, Impunity and Operation Condor @ Oxford University in England.