Ethics in Action: Police-Community Relations
Thursday, April 13
6:30 – 8:00 pm
New York Society For Ethical Culture
2 West 64th Street at Central Park West
(Donations welcome at door)
Did you know that 963 people were shot and killed by police last year? On its own that may not be too surprising given the nature of the job, but there’s another number that may give you pause. Of those individuals, 631 were not fleeing the scene when the shooting occurred. (Source: Washington Post)
Police shootings are a fact of life but, too often, it isn’t clear the shooting was necessary. The topic of unjustified police shootings will be just one of the many ethical issues discussed during the next installment of Ethics in Action on April 13 at 6:30 PM. Following opening remarks from NYC Police Commissioner James O’Neill, Professor Jeffrey Sachs will lead a panel discussion to identify the ethical values that could form the basis of sensible police reform. Panelists include some of the brightest minds in advocacy, like Robert Gangi, founder of Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP), and Kassandra Frederique, New York Director of Drug Policy Alliance. Following the panel, you will be able to ask your questions of Professor Sachs and the panel!
Robert Gangi served as Executive Director of the Correctional Association (CA) for over 29 years and founded the Police Reform Organizing Project (PROP) at the Urban Justice Center in April 2011. Mr. Gangi has been an activist, community organizer and public policy advocate in New York City for over 40 years. He is a recognized expert on criminal justice and law enforcement issues with a particular focus on police and prison concerns.
Kassandra Frederique is New York State Director at the Drug Policy Alliance (DPA). Frederique previously ran the day-to-day operations of the statewide campaign to end New York’s racially biased marijuana arrests, which cut the number of NYC marijuana arrests in half. Frederique also represented DPA as a member of Communities United for Police Reform, which focused on addressing Stop & Frisk and broader police reform/accountability measures bridging the gap between the War on Drugs and policing.