Police-community relations are once again among the top stories nationwide, from Charlotte to Tulsa to Columbus to the presidential debate stage, where Donald Trump spoke passionately, if very inaccurately, about stop-and-frisk in New York City. (Hillary Clinton was less than precise in describing the legal history of the issue, but the Republican nominee’s deviations from fact were larger by an order of magnitude.)
At City Hall, the recent debate has been not just about what police reform is needed, but how it should be done. When the City Council set aside a proposal called the Right to Know Act to allow the NYPD to reform itself, many advocates—and even councilmembers—cried foul.
On BRIC-TV’s daily news show BKLive, I was joined by Mark Winston Griffith, executive director of the Brooklyn Movement Center and a member of Communities United for Police Reform; Joseph Giacalone, a retired NYPD Detective Sergeant who teaches at John Jay College of Criminal Justice; and Michael Sisitzky, a policy counsel at the New York Civil Liberties Union to discuss the national conversation and its local version.