It’s 2019, and we still can’t answer a fundamental question: What should our society expect from our police officers and departments? Ed spent the weekend in Austin, Texas, to host a panel at this year’s installment of the famed South by Southwest conference alongside Josie Duffy Rice, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, and Ron Davis. The panel of four—a former Justice Department prosecutor, a journalist, an academic, and a police chief—offered their personal insights into what policing should and should not look like in this day and age, and how policing intersects with criminal justice reform and social support systems writ large. This episode is a lightly edited version of their conversation.
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Daniella Gibbs Legér is the executive vice president for Communications and Strategy at the Center for American Progress. Ed Chung is the vice president for Criminal Justice Reform at the Center. Rachel Rosen is the senior director of Broadcast Communications at the Center. Kyle Epstein is the media relations manager at the Center. Chris Ford is the broadcast coordinator at the Center.