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New Models for Social Justice recap
June 30, 2020, LWVP hosted a successful event on New Models for Social
Justice and Police Reform with Piedmont Police Chief Jeremy Bowers and
our own Nancy Beninati who is a California Department of Justice
attorney. Chief Bowers spoke about police reform within the Piedmont
Police Department that began before the killing of George Floyd and
subsequent protests. He spoke about the small number of African American
leadership in police departments in the state of California and
referenced the progress the PPD has made on the 8 can't wait suggested
reforms. More information can be found in the department's Transparency Portal.
Nancy described her two decades of work on the intersection of police
practices and civil rights. She focused on bias statistics and the
Racial and Identity Profiling Act of 2015. The event was attended by
over 65 community members and concluded with a question and answer
session. A recording of our livestream of the event is available here.
Police Chief Jeremy Bowers was kind enough to sit down with us for an additional half hour several days after the event to answer the questions we had been unable to get to on June 30th. A recording of that conversation is available on our YouTube channel.