Former President Barack Obama will headline a new town hall to speak about his ideas for nationwide police reform on Wednesday, alongside other local and national leaders involved in the effort. The event, which will stream live at 5/4c on YouTube (embedded above), is part of the MBK Alliance Town Hall Series and is titled "Reimagining Policing in the Wake of Continued Police Violence."
Obama will join former U.S. Attorney Eric Holder, Color of Change President Rashad Robinson, Minneapolis City Council Representative Phillipe Cunningham, and MBK Columbus youth leader Playon Patrick. The conversation will be moderated by Campaign Zero co-founder Brittany Packnett Cunningham. The group is expected to discuss the recent events that prompted Black Lives Matter protests across the globe, including the police killing of George Floyd, as well as the history of police violence in America and what steps of action can be taken going forward.
Obama previously addressed Floyd's death in a statement, saying, "It will fall mainly on the officials of Minnesota to ensure that the circumstances surrounding George Floyd's death are investigated thoroughly and that justice is ultimately done. But it falls on all of us, regardless of our race or station -- including the majority of men and women in law enforcement who take pride in doing their tough job the right way, every day -- to work together to create a 'new normal' in which the legacy of bigotry and unequal treatment no longer infects our institutions or our hearts."
"Reimagining Policing in the Wake of Continued Police Violence" will stream live on Wednesday, June 3 at 5/4c.