CJ Ciaramella, criminal justice reporter at Reason Magazine,┬ádiscussed his latest reporting on national and local crime on today’s Federalist Radio, including the politics and policing in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

“What [protesters] say they’re asking for is police accountability, for there to be more mechanisms for police to be held accountable,” he said. “Part of the problem with making this a national debate about police reform is that every police agency is a local agency and all criminal justice really starts at the local level.”

The tension between local-level conflicts and national-level solutions has been a major part of the rise in anti-police attitudes. “That’s where the rubber meets the road– at the very local level. Starting with the district attorneys. Staring with the police chiefs,” Ciaramella said. “You’re starting to see a big uptick in challenges in competitive campaigns for DA’s and state attorneys.”