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Police Reform – How We Got Here And What’s Next

Experts discuss a new report by the Houston Police Reform Task Force and the history, implications and reimagining that is needed of policing.


Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo announces the firing of four police officers over the shooting death of Nicolas Chavez, as Mayor Sylvester Turner looks on, at a Sept. 10, 2020 press conference.


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Town Square with Ernie Manouse is a gathering space for the community to come together and discuss the day’s most important and pressing issues.

In this episode, we talk about and take listener calls on policing and its surrounding issues of reform, systemic racism and community engagement. Joining us are:

Dwayne Bryant

  • police accountability expert and activist, who has trained with the FBI
  • creator of The New Conversation, a 17-part series about police and the Black community
  • best-selling author of The STOP: Improving Police and Community Relations

and Dr. Carla Brailey

  • Assistant Professor of Sociology at Texas Southern University
  • Co-chair of the Police, Policy and Practices Committee of the Houston Police Reform Task Force
  • a writer of the full report of 104 reform proposals by the task force

Houston Public Media reporter Matt Harab also joins Ernie to share takeaways from his exclusive interview with Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo.

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