Recap of “Behind the Blue Wall of Silence”

PROP’s “From Behind The Blue Wall of Silence” public forum held on Dec 3rd at the Schomburg Center in Harlem included many impressive and important elements: strong affirmations by all six retired police officers on the panel that, despite its public denial, the NYPD does use an aggressive quota system to evaluate officer’s performance and that the system leads directly to the false arrests and unwarranted summonses that have such a harmful impact on communities of color; the panelists of color described the racial discrimination they encountered while on the force; Khalil Muhammad, Director of the Schomburg Center, made a powerful and relevant historical point by citing a report from the 1930’s that exposed the racial bias marking the practices of the NYPD; the panelists consistently returned to the theme that “the NYPD is better than this”, that most officers want to serve, not harm, the public, and that the citizens of the city must organize, must vote, and must put pressure on elected officials to enact needed reforms to the NYPD.

We now have access to full video of the event. Feel free to watch the event in its entirety below:

For more pictures from the event, check out our Facebook gallery here.

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