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Policing for Tomorrow is an ongoing exploration of policing and how it might change in light of recent protests and demands.
Today's show features more stakeholders in the balance between law enforcement and communities of color. Guests will include civil rights attorney and former LAPD Commissioner Connie Rice who will discuss police reforms; Charles White, a man who teaches young black men in college how to navigate cops, and a rare behind the scenes look at 2 members of the NAACP who experience a police use of force simulator.
Policing for Tomorrow is a production of KFI News and is hosted by KFI News Correspondent Steve Gregory, and produced by Steve Gregory and Jacob Gonzalez.
Member of the Omega Psi Psi National Fraternity - Chapter of Ventura County & member of NAACP
He discusses a mentoring program teaching black boys and young men the challenges of growing up black, especially, driving while black.
You can listen to their conversation below:
Civil rights attorney and activist
Connie Rice is renowned for her unconventional approaches to tackling problems of inequity and exclusion. For example, she has teamed up with conservatives on education issues and the Los Angeles Police Department to support the Watts gang truce. Rice has received more than 50 major awards for her leadership of diverse coalitions, and her non-traditional approaches to litigating major cases involving police misconduct, employment discrimination and fair public resource allocation. She received the 2001 Peace Prize from the California Wellness Foundation and this year (2002) will receive the John Anson Ford Humanitarian Award from Los Angeles County. She successfully co-litigated class-action, civil rights cases winning more than $1.6 billion in policy changes and remedies during her nine year tenure in the Los Angeles office of the NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF).
Rice is a graduate of Harvard College and the New York University School of Law. In 1998, the Los Angeles Times designated her one of 24 leaders considered the “most experienced, civic-minded and thoughtful people on the subject of Los Angeles.” In 1999 California Law Business named her one of California’s top 10 most influential lawyers. She serves on the boards of the Public Policy Institute of California and public radio station KPCC.
She discusses the warrior culture in the LAPD and departments in general. As well, she speaks about defunding the police and community policing.