tv Discussion with Mayors on Coronavirus Civil Unrest CSPAN June 12, 2020 1:29am-2:40am EDT
or stay in their own home and too often at the hands of police right now the impact of two diseases one is medical professionals working around the clock and a global effort with a common enemy and still so many people are suffering and dying the other is a disease has never their country since birth and we have had decades in which we ignored the plight of black citizens. those joining sar on the front lines attacking both of these diseases and challenges and they are truly leaning at a time where at the national level we are fortunate to have these leaders to develop these options in all four of them have been working at the forefront to develop those systems to serve the entire community with the reform of the system so we really want to be started as the brief introductico previ in 20 questes
and then we will take questions from you in the meantime any questions that you have used the question box on the right side of your screen so we will get started and again we are grateful for our mayors would like to ask you the last several weeks as you are dealing with a crisis and the protest around police brutality and systemic racism how do you as mayor in your role have have you tried to lead and let's start with you
mayor? can you hear me? >> i can now i am going in and out but i think i can hear you now i only heard part of the question but i think it was about the last two weeks. >> yes and also addressing the systemic races a measure dealing with the virus. >> the last few weeks have been extraordinary for some of us across the country
. this is like nothing i've ever experienced in my lifetime only what is seated in history books and we're in this incredible movement and moment in our nation i assume it's very similar to the civil rights movement but to be amplified and that ability to access information and it gives us an equal responsibility to what people are calling upon us to do in our communities so when president obama sent out the call to mayors across the nation to convene to take a look at policing in our communities immediately we had our first meeting yesterday with the advisory council to look at the use of force
policy and activity of what i anticipate is out of that will probably even more commissions to look at all policies across the city of how we are interacting with our now o have in that existed before, somebody is trying to get our attention of nobody was paying attention before but first with our own it equity with covid and then george floyd is murdered almost on national tv and then sparks the whole civil rights movement. this isn't the first time the police officer killed a black man but the heinous nature created and that the people used it so that it became a tipping point and now to do something about it. so we try to maintain and to keep it safe and equal and healthy. i am always concerned people focus that we had to change
the use of force policy anyway so we reviewed all those things and with bias prevention and trauma care and to reduce the violence in the reduction of violence to help us justify the reduction of the police reduce the violence so we we reduce the number of cups that we need but i worry people begin to think racism and white supremacy begins and ends with the police department does like the slaves saying get rid of the overseers so at the same position you are in at the end of the day but people are not enforcing that. so we need to be more thoughtful about our approach but were holding on in the city we praying and we moving. >> mayor davis? >> thank you.
it is been quite a tear in phoenix we have had robust conversations between our police department and our community. this week the city of phoenix we passed a budget in may and now we passed a different budget on a bipartisan basis the big new expenditure was the office accountability and transparency for the police department. i don't know if that would have been possible one month ago on a bipartisan basis to say this is what we will take seriously as our largest new expenditure the police department has been looking at use of force alongside our community and already made just this week significant changes and we have a commitment with our community that will continue. it is certainly an issue at the forefront my entire time as mayor.
fairly new mayor elected 2019 and it has been an eventful time but nothing like the last two weeks. it gives me hope as we have been having these conversations for quite a while that it was a much broader conversation now i have leaders of the business community reaching out to say what can we do to fight racism? those were conversations we didn't have as often as we needed to before. look at peaceful protest in the city of phoenix it is the whole community out there people of all ages and backgrounds and that gives me the confidence to say this community will support our elected officials and partner with them as we make real change these conversations happen as we recover we actually are not recovering there so many records from our perspective too much too early was open so the hospitals are
struggling the state just activated the emergency plan for hospitals this week we are setting all sorts of records of the type you do not want to have but what i do want to clarify is our researchers at arizona state university is looking at the trend they do not believe it is a result of the protest. some cases are spreading but if you look at where cove it is increasing in our community it correlates with the lifting of the stay-at-home order and the challenges we are having with long-term care facilities and people are living closely together but i come to resume her with a healthcare system that is stressed and i'm very worried about the virus and its impact on our community. >> thank you mayor. how has the last two weeks been for you?
and then we will get into the area of criminal justice and systemic racism. >> first, let me say i love you. it has been a difficult year for sure particularly the last two weeks said months in the point raised by everyone on the panel the most interesting for me the last two weeks that has been brought to the surface the structural violence leading to people of color and then dying of a global pandemic and then top it off with george floyd situation so then to reconcile that idea as a father of black son and i mayor of the city
who is in charge of working with the police department and a 29 -year-old black man whose entire adulthood has been marked even by troy davis or trade but martin and 2014 those protesting michael brown. so here we go again. with a 400 years of history that it seems like the other mayors are incredibly inspired to be mobilized with 15000 people marching in amsterdam and the caucus coming out with reforms and that luckily we've been taken the issue seriously the past several years but we have relationships with folks you are angry last year we led
the state so to ask a question the last two weeks have been very difficult and with the seriousness to capitalize on the opportunity and to do the things to help push the colleagues along. >> i would just follow up on that last point because you had a big reduction so share with us what that change of policies have been and the results that you see and the models of the police systems and more with the community and have been working on behalf of the community to police the community?
and one of the things the actual service model was more effective across the board and then to have reforms to be implemented and to experience and the statistics that they used and what that truly meant in people's lives. >> absolutely i'm proud have an aggressive forward thinking police chief and as a police officer the last 29 years the first year police chief said figure out another way to transform in the community so
the chokehold we did that in 2014 and then body cameras on officers we are part of the national trust initiative by the police chief for the last four years to have an open door policy for anyone you had a use of report incident and then to meet with the family with that reconciliation to her to apologize for the atrocities in the past and how in the thirties they bombed a thriving community and apologized for that.
and to use the civil rights and also with lynching so those things have moved out long way and then to put more trust at least he gets it. on the policy side in 2014 with that racial justice and implicit bias and now to go train other police departments to understand the issue is that people of color have issues with the law is not the law but the enforcement and to be a police officer you are to treat everyone the same but to be a work in progress with community members victims of police brutality and with this conversation the last thing i would say in 2016 myself and the police chief saying cops cannot be everything social workers and therapist and physicians that law
enforcement should be law enforcement then we should have more social workers anytime you expect one entity to do all those things you will be upset and angry and they are not designed to do that work so we have to figure out just the cops are not the only first responder for every social ill. >> what numbers have you seen the client? >> yes. the state of decline in the use of force shootings we've seen a 20 percent reduction of homicides and gun violence might even be lower this year it has been double the state average so we become a safer community while being policing as a public service in that has come a long way.
>> and i just want to ask you mayor, as a big city that also has reforms and better relations than other big cities, what are the ways you are thinking of change going forward not only the changes you have made that there has been a big debate about some activities that are done to police relating to substance abuse in the police problem as we try to address these from the public health perspective or other perspectives so talk about your experience with policing going forward.
>> thinks first of all for convening the panel to listen to the mayor and others there is still so much we can learn and pick up from each other. so i'm making sure i'm taking notes so i can do follow up as well so this is as much about educating me as it is for the public. i appreciate that so in atlanta we began an honest look at criminal justice several years ago and it has taken different forms. part of what we are doing in our city, we allow inmates transitioning out of the state prison system to go out during the day and work is part of the workforce in the watershed department in public works
training into a full-time job so when they are done with their sentences, they can transition into full-time jobs with benefits and it has been so heartwarming to have conversations with a man in this program and to show how meaningful it is for their families because part of my background my father was incarcerated at some point so i know how devastating that can be on families. the other thing we are doing we eliminated cash sale bonds if you are stop for a broken taillight if you have $200 in your pocket you can pay it if not you could be in jail for weeks or months at a time so we eliminated that ended our relationship with i.c.e. a contract worth millions of dollars per year to house i.c.e. detainees and with that families separation crisis it
allowed us an opportunity to reimagine this 400,000 square-foot jail facility that we could navigate from the model of mass incarceration into health and wellness that people can come to. and with this year's budget we had over 60 percent of the collection budget that we will be passing in the next week that we move the collections budget over to the mayor's office so we can reallocate this money we were using toward incarceration to help
improve our communities whether it is as simple as sending people out to help pick up trash or something a bit more robust that is problematic and it's about reimagining how we react with our communities and going forward what we're seeing is the police department is far from perfect. but there are some great things that are happening in terms of interaction with police officers we are in the process of building two more part of the requirements are the police recruits go weekly to spend time with our kids alongside our kids as they will create impactful relationships and the list
goes on and the opportunity just to hear what is happening in other cities and how we have the relationship with the police and the communities is important because we don't have all of the answers in one city and we do get it wrong but the great thing about atlanta is the opportunity to keep trying again and again. and to have a blueprint right at the fingertips that other cities do not have. >> thank you for your work and
and significant reforms and accountability in other areas. and the changes that are made and what that meant for the community. >> coming into office the good thing about it we were not adverse to that we welcomed it in fact we partnered and now the supreme court and then to have civilian oversight and to
be a little more advanced and they want us to and the implicit bias training and that these things happen and then to change policy with de-escalation training and with that organization they do these trauma circles on a talk very frankly about issues people are having in the community sometimes with the
issues that they have. incident they send that to us and that has become incredibly important and then to train residences in the community and then we give them cause for the citizen clerks in the help to de-escalate the situation we use the community and many ways to help change the relationship. soon.