How piecemeal police reform is setting the stage for national change

May 23, 2021

By PBS News Hour

From the article: "The death of Ronald Greene, a Black man who died in Louisiana in 2019 after a police chase is under scrutiny after newly released police body camera footage shows he was choked and beaten by troopers -- a starkly different picture from what the police had shared. Phillip Atiba Goff, co-founder and CEO of the Center for Policing Equity, and professor of African-American studies and psychology at Yale University joins to discuss the issues on renewed calls for police reform.

Philip Atiba Goff: "In Las Vegas, they were having a big problem with their use of force after foot pursuits. And so Center for Policing Equity, the community and Las Vegas Metro Police Department came together and said, hey, after a foot pursuit, my adrenaline's up, my heart rate's up and I know you're a bad guy. Maybe that's the problem. Maybe I just slow down, count to 10, don't touch you until backup shows up and the year after they implemented that, 23% decline. But the best intervention is no law enforcement showing up in the first place where they don't need to be."

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