Police Brutality

De Blasio to Sign NYPD Chokehold Bill

Jul 7, 2020
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Mayor de Blasio said he will go ahead with signing the NYPD chokehold bill despite some worries about it.

The bill bans police chokeholds in all situations and wording was added right before the city council passed it that bans officers from sitting, kneeling or standing on a person’s chest or back while making an arrest.

"I am concerned about the wording that was added at the last minute, said de Blasio. "I know the NYPD is but we are going to move forward with the law. We're going to do the retraining of officers to address the features of the law."

This past February — before the phrase “social distancing” had entered our lexicon — the two of us, Greg Bryant and Nate Chinen, got together to hear some music.

Greg had recently moved up from Nashville to become the host of Jazz After Hours on WBGO. Nate, WBGO’s editorial director, suggested catching a set someplace before the overnight shift, which is how we found ourselves at the Jazz Standard for the Ravi Coltrane Quartet. 

George Floyd
The New Yorker

I have to say, I went against my better judgement and I watched the video of the murder of George Floyd and it paralyzed me. I could do nothing for 2 days. Trying to understand how someone could take sadistic pleasure in seeing the life slip away from another human being while that person begged for his life to be spared.

Vernon Williams
Summit Interfaith Council

This Sunday, June 14  at 4:30pm, The Summit Interfaith Council is sponsoring a virtual protest and rally with an in-person funeral procession through the streets of Summit to call attention to police brutality and extra-judicial killing of black and brown bodies.

The Rev. Vernon Williams of Fountain Baptist Church in Summit, who is also the Vice President of the Summit Interfaith Council, spoke with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle about Sunday's event.

George Floyd
NPR/Johannes Eisele/ Getty Images

There’s no doubt that George Floyd’s brutal death in police custody last month has ignited a mass protest movement on a scale not seen since the 1960s. But it remains to be seen just what kind of change will come to pass.

WBGO contributor Bob Hennelly, who is also a reporter with the City Hall reporter for the Chief Leader,  has been covering the issue of race and policing for the last 30 years.   Hennelly spoke with WBGO News Director Doug Doyle.

DOYLE:   In the Floyd case the officers were fired, arrested and charged. 

Alexandra Hill / News

As protests erupted across the country this weekend, thousands descended on the city of Newark to express their outrage over the murder of an unarmed black man at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer. Among them was the city’s own Mayor, Ras Baraka.

Whitney Museum
Whitney Museum for WBGO News

An ongoing exhibition at the Whitney Museum in Manhattan is giving new meaning to the word “protest”. 

WBGO’s Molly Fichter takes us on a tour of the exhibition that has prompted many visitors to pause and reflect on the various forms of protest.

The Whitney Museum is located at 99 Gansevoort Street in Manhattan.