On January 9th, the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition released an open letter to Madison Police Chief Koval, asking for a plan to reduce the number of police contacts with black and poor people, to cut in half the number of arrests of black and poor people, and to increase referrals to community-led programs and alternatives to incarceration. A few days later, Chief Koval responded in his own blog. One line in particular in the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition’s letter stuck in the Chief’s craw — the idea that there should ultimately be no interaction between the police and black communities. This, said Chief Koval, ran counter to the city’s community policing strategy. Last Thursday, Brandi Grayson of Young, Gifted and Black spoke with our fellow Buzz host Tony Castaneda. On January 26, it was the Madison Police Department’s turn. Captain Kristen Roman of the Outreach Services Division and Joel de Spain, of the Public Information Office of the Madison Police Department joined Monday Buzz host Brian Standing.
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