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Activists And Police On Racism And Reform

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Heath Thompson
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Advocates for Social Justice
Fueled by the recent killings of unarmed black Americans by white police officers, activists in Cedar Rapids have seven demands for police reform.

 

Protests over the recent killings of unarmed black Americans at the hands of white police officers have been occuring all around the nation. On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer brings together Cedar Rapids activists, elected officials and police to discuss the potential reforms that could come about as a result of the protests. 

Tamara Marcus and Amara Andrews, two Cedar Rapids activists with Advocates for Social Justice, explain the seven demands for police reform they've presented to the police, mayor and council members. In the second half of the show, Cedar Rapids council member Dale Todd and Cedar Rapids Chief of Police Wayne Jerman join to discuss the specifics of those demands. 

Guests:

  • Tamara Marcus, activist with Advocates for Social Justice in Cedar Rapids 
  • Amara Andrews, activist with Advocates for Social Justice in Cedar Rapids 
  • Wayne Jerman, Cedar Rapids Chief of Police
  • Dale Todd, council member for the city of Cedar Rapids, chair of the public safety community   

 
 

Matthew is a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River