DRIVING WHILE BLACK: CBS3 Staff Share Their Thoughts On Police Reforms

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UKEE WASINGTON: Following the death of George Floyd the outcry is over systemic racism became louder, the cries for police reform became louder as well. This afternoon my colleagues and I opened up to you about the conversation and instances with police Kimberly Davis now with part three of our series Driving While Black. Kimberly.

KIMBERLY DAVIS: Ukee, now where do we go from here. What do we need to do to continue to grow so this doesn't continue to repeat itself and affect so many others? In their own words, here's James, Sutton, Iman, Taurin, Ukee, Don, Manny, Howard, and Jordan.

- First there needs to be a recognition that there is a problem.

- I don't think any of this gets better without any of us talking about this. It's not just going to go away.

JAMES WARD: We all need each other. It all comes down to trust. I'm just going to keep this short, trust and love, respect.

IMAN JONES: A lot of dialogue needs to happen. We need to be able to figure out a way to restructure policing within large cities and smaller ones as well. Training needs to happen, education, but people need to be able to be willing to accept that.

SUTTON SINCLAIR: We can't keep doing focus groups or petitions, like there actually has to be action presented to local officials to the government about police reform, about how they're training their cops to pull over anybody really.

SAMUEL GARDENER III: It's important for people that don't look like us to understand that this happens and to have some empathy. In a lot of cases this is our truth and it's been my truth.

I would like to see the barrier between our races kind of taken down.

DON BELL: That's important to me that you treat people with the same level of respect and compassion and thoughtfulness.

UKEE WASHINGTON: We have got to talk and realize that there are unfortunately people out there that want to ruin it for everybody and what we must do when we come across those people and how to avoid any situation. But it's all about conversation and education right now. We don't want it to get any worse than it is.

TAURIN GORDON: All men, women, children of all colors, walks, and ways, all have something did they have to worry about. No one deals with the same things, many people deal with similar things. But unless you are who you are, unless you go through what you go through is the only way you can know what to do or not. And you have to be able to pay attention and take lessons and learn and also be able to speak those same lessons that you've learned to others so that we can grow together.


KIMBERLY DAVIS: At 11 Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw sits down and speaks with me and gives me her suggestions of what needs to happen in order to see change. Ukee.

UKEE WASHINGTON: Growing together, Taurin said it all right there, everyone did. Kimberly, thank you so much and we'll see you tonight. And we want to hear what you may have experienced. Share your stories with us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. We're at CBS Philly. And you can watch all of today's stories about driving while Black on cbsphilly.com dotcom and CBSinPhilly.