Covering Police Reform in Chicago

Police accountability and violence is the “number one story” in Chicago, according to Steve Franklin, ethnic and community project manager for Public Narrative. “It brings together Chicago like no other story because it talks about race, it talks about poverty and it links the identity we have,” Franklin said.

Public Narrative teamed up with the National Association of Black Journalists Chicago chapter to host a panel January 26 on covering police reform.

The panel featured Christopher Mallette, executive director of the Chicago Violence Reduction Strategy, which focuses on reducing gang shootings; Amy Watson, an associate professor of social work at the University of Illinois focused on mental health and criminal justice; and Flint Taylor, founding partner of the People’s Law Office.

“These issues go beyond just psychology, sociology or criminology,” said moderator Steve Bynum, WBEZ senior producer. “They are existential issues.”

Medill undergraduate student and videographer Alex Furuya documented the panel and its main messages. Watch the piece here.