Americans have taken up the fight for fairness and equity in the policing of their communities. The numerous stakeholders for change and reform are debating concerns for what it will take to create model policing that serves the interests of our communities and policing as well. Three experts will help “unpack” this long-festering issue. They bring to our discussion experience in policing, activism, research, and solutions they believe essential for reform and change.


ANDREW COHEN is a senior editor at the Marshall Project and a Fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice. A former senior legal analyst for CBS News and 60 Minutes, he has covered law and justice in America since 1997 online, in print, and on radio and television.

DR. EVELYN GARCIA is a scholar-activist with over 35 years of experience in the field of policing. She is currently the Senior Lecturer in the School of Criminal Justice, Political Science and International Studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Her many publications center on ethical issues in criminal justice.

DR. JASON WILLIAMS is an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Montclair State University and author of “Black Males and the Criminal Justice System.” A dedicated criminologist, he is deeply involved in issues of racial disparity and mistreatment.

SARAH RYLEY, the moderator, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist. Her data-driven stories on policing have appeared in New York Daily News, ProPublica, BuzzFeed News, and The Trace, and have triggered numerous reforms, including the passage of two-dozen laws in New York City.