Ras Baraka Says Civilian Review Board is Good for Newark
Steve Adubato talks with the Mayor of Newark, Ras Baraka, about why he believes the civilian review board is a positive implementation for the community. The Mayor also shares his fears about the President-Elect Donald Trump's rhetoric toward minority communities.
"We are honored to be joined by the honorable mayor of the great city of Newark, Ras Baraka, who was part of a compelling and very honest conversation we had, simply called, "Building Trust: Race, Police, and the Community" that we just had here at the North Ward Center in Newark, New Jersey. Mr. Mayor, what was the biggest takeaway for you... about an hour and a half back and forth, law enforcement professionals, community leaders, religious leaders, yourself, others... what is your biggest takeaway? Well, that, you know, we have at least a critical mass of folks in... in the city, at least in leadership, that are interested in moving this from a problem to a solution, that there are people that acknowledge the kind of things that are going on in the city and that have been going on for a long period of time and they're willing to humble themselves, get involved and try to fix this. You know, I've talked to a lot of people, you know, in your administration and outside who have said there's something happening in Newark, that, even though there's a federal monitor through the Department of Justice, Peter Harvey, the former attorney general of the state of New Jersey, overseeing, if you will, the Newark Police Department, that there were a lot of problems before you took office in terms of who was being stopped, why they were being stopped unjustified, that Newark has got something going that's positive, that's better than other cities as it relates to police-minority relations. You buy that? Well, I hope so. I mean, I... I want the evidence to bear it out in the kind of, uh, community surveys that we are trying to get done. Um, you know, I... I do think that there is, as I said earlier, a groundswell of folks that are ready to tackle this problem. And I think, because we have that, you have a trajectory that's leading us in another direction where we have at least, uh, felt like we had the courage to talk about the problem, to discuss it, to... Does it take courage? Yes, takes a lot of courage to admit things have been wrong for a long period of time and that, frankly, people have been a part of that, the things that have, uh, haven't been working and admit our role in it, admit folks' role in it and begin to move it forward in another direction. And there's a lot of things happening from the civilian review board to opportunities for the police, to have better relationships with the police, Cops & Kids programs, uh, you know, whether you hit..."