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Baltimore Town Hall: Should The Community Control The Police?

This is part of a 2-hour broadcast of excerpts from a town hall meeting Marc Steiner moderated at the Real News Network on the role of the community in the Police Department. The panel and the audience – including representatives from the Baltimore Police Department, public officials, activists and community members – debated and discussed the issues and possible solutions. Included in the discussion were: the ACLU’s Sonia Kumar; community activist Kim Trueheart; Adam Jackson of Leaders of a Beautiful Struggle; Chief of the Baltimore Police Department’s Community Partnership Division Lt. Col. Melvin Russell; criminal defense attorney J. Wyndal Gordon; former Black Panther Marshall “Eddie” Conway; Baltimore County Police Department Lt. Jeffrey Shorter; Alok Mukherjee of the Toronto Police Services Board; and Dr. Ray Winbush of the Institute for Urban Research at Morgan State University.