Ryan Haygood On Mending Police & Minority Relations

Ryan Haygood, President and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice has a candid conversation about why he believes the relationship between the police and minority communities needs to be re-imagined. These reforms include the implementation of body cameras on officers.

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"Hi, Steve Adubato. We are here at the North Ward Center in Newark, New Jersey. We're here for a conversation... an important conversation. It's called Building Trust: Race, Police and the Community. And our colleague and partner and good friend, Ryan Haygood, president and Chief Executive Officer of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, joins us. How you doing, partner? Thanks for having me here, Steve. It's great to be here and particularly to participate in such a timely conversation as this one. Yeah. Well, we were with you and your leadership over at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center. You and your colleagues and some others brought some folks together to have a similar conversation. We're trying to continue that dialogue. Talk to folks who are picking this up now... Sure. ...for the first time. Explain why it's so important that we have a meaningful, sober, candid, and constructive dialogue about police in the minority community. Yeah. I think, you know, today's conversation that you've taken the lead in organizing is, I think, the next, most practical step from what we did at NJPAC. That was a public forum where we brought to a local level a national conversation that's happening around race and policing and about the need to build trust in communities and the way that we need to really think about how to reimagine the relationship between law enforcement and the communities that they serve. And this conversation today is really about bringing key stakeholders and policymakers and law-enforcement officials and groups like mine to think about, "How do we advance an agenda... a policy-driven agenda that really builds the trust that we so desperately need in our communities, particularly of color, here in New Jersey?" And I think, you know, look, people are mindful of what happened last week in the election and how this really is a moment for us to think about the opportunity here in New Jersey, for the state to lead, in terms of advancing meaningful police reform. So what does it mean, Steve, to have an agenda where law enforcement and community leaders and people who live in the community really think about how to reimagine the relationship between the law-enforcement community and the community broadly that both builds public safety and trust together? And so I think, as we're thinking about the national conversation that's taking place around race and policing, the national conversation is about what the election means. Here locally I think we have a chance to be a shining light for an example of what other cities across the country can look to. What do you think it potentially means..."