Police reimagined: The future of public safety

Written by on June 17, 2020

By Christopher Norris | WHYY

The Memorial Day death of George Floyd at the hands of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin has set off protest around the globe, with a common refrain emerging from the assembly: defund or disband the police.

How do you reduce funding for police, and change their role in communities, while ensuring public safety for all? That’s a question Christopher Norris, WHYY’s Community Contributors and Engagement Editor, will seek to answer over the next four-weeks in a series of conversations entitled ‘Police, Reimagined: The Future of Public Safety.’

In episode one, you’ll hear grassroots leaders – including Megan Malachi, a police abolitionist – debate the merits of defunding the police vs disbanding the police and explore what it takes to build safe communities.

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Christopher “Flood the Drummer” Norris is an award-winning journalist, radio personality and professional drummer currently serving as the Community Contributors and Engagement Editor at WHYY, the Philadelphia NPR and PBS affiliate. Follow @floodthedrummer across social media.


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