Statements on the Verdict in the Derek Chauvin Trial

Adam GelbCCJ President and CEO George Floyd should be alive today. What happened to him should never have happened.  No verdict can bring back his life, or erase the pain that his death has caused his family and the country, especially Black Americans. Nor can the decision in an individual case resolve the deep, fundamental…

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Washington Post Partnership: Race in America

During an event on June 10, 2020 co-hosted by CCJ and the Washington Post, DeRay Mckesson, co-founder of Campaign Zero, and Charles Ramsey, former police chief in Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, discussed the meaning of defunding the police, the importance of addressing union contracts, and the role of law enforcement in modern society. Watch the…

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Council Perspectives: Police and Communities

After Michael Brown’s death in Ferguson, MO, in 2014, President Obama asked me and Chuck Ramsey, then Philadelphia’s Police Commissioner, to co-chair a White House Task Force on 21st Century Policing. I never imagined that the extraordinary public debate, anguish, and outrage over that fatal encounter could be eclipsed. Yet here we are, six years later,…

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