Some of New York’s top politicians – both past and present – have been making headlines for all the wrong reasons as of late. Tonight we’ll begin a new series called Corruption Watch, which takes you inside the most prominent public corruption cases from our area. Former federal prosecutor Jennifer Rodgers is the executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity, and she joins us with her take on the ongoing investigations of Mayor Bill de Blasio and his administration. Rodgers will also tell us what a U.S. Supreme Court decision could mean for former state lawmakers Sheldon Silver and Dean Skelos, who were convicted of corruption in separate cases and sentenced to federal prison last month.
Then, a Frontline documentary, airing tonight at 10 p.m. on PBS, takes a look at one police department that has been asked to change their process of policing. The force in question is that of the one in Newark, New Jersey. A three-year probe found that 75% of stops by officers in that city had no legal justification. New Yorker writer, Jelani Cobb, had the chance to spend time with the force on the frontline and he joins us to discuss his provocative documentary which explores whether the police department in Newark is changing its ways amid violent crime that continues to plague their city.
Finally, it seems the world still cannot believe that its beloved ‘King of Pop,’ Michael Jackson, has been dead for just under seven years. Mystery still surrounds the final days of this international pop star’s life, and the events that led up to his demise. Host of The Tavis Smiley Show and author of Before You Judge Me: The Triumph and Tragedy of Michael Jackson’s Last Days, Tavis Smiley is a huge fan of MJ himself, and he joins us to discuss the final days of this legend’s life, and how he continues to impact his fans years later.