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First Person: Talking About The Role Of Police In The Community

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Aired 4/3/17 on KPBS Midday Edition.
First Person: Talking About The Role Of Police In The Community
David Lee, officer, San Diego Police Department
Eddie Rivers, resident, City Heights

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First Person Special Feature

First Person KPBS Midday Edition's First Person series tells the stories of average and not-so-average San Diegans in their own words. Their experiences, both universal and deeply personal, offer a unique lens into the news of the day.

Monday, April 3, 2017

By Michael Lipkin


Can police officers and the people they protect have honest conversations about race and their own biases?


Thatís the idea behind the Game Changer which brings together police and community members for moderated discussions about their experiences. After an hours-long discussion, the few dozen participants bond at a basketball game or other sporting event, where they can talk more informally.

Officer David Lee, a five-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department who patrols in the Western Division, and City Heights resident  Eddie Rivers were at the most recent Game Changers event.

As part of our First Person series, they shared what they learned from Game Changers about how police officers approach those they pull over.


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