Vitale and Trujillo will present their recent report on the harms caused by gang databases and conspiracy cases, and what an alternative approach would look like that attempts to build up individuals and communities instead of criminalizing them. Vitale and Trujillo have collaborated to write GANG TAKEDOWNS IN THE DE BLASIO ERA: The Dangers of ‘Precision Policing’ and speak against police brutality. .
Speaker Bio: Josmar Trujillo is a writer and organizer based in New York City. He has organized around education, disaster recovery and policing. He currently organizes with the Coalition to End Broken Windows. He has written for the Village Voice, NY Daily News, Newsday, Crain’s, Truth Out and SchoolBook. He has recurring columns at amNY and City Limits. He also blogs at the Huffington Post and Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR). He lives in Spanish Harlem with his two sons.
Alex Vitale: Alex S. Vitale is Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Policing and Social Justice Project at Brooklyn College and a Visiting Professor at London Southbank University. He has spent the last 30 years writing about policing and consults both police departments and human rights organizations internationally. Prof. Vitale is the author of City of Disorder: How the Quality of Life Campaign Transformed New York Politics and The End of Policing. His academic writings on policing have appeared in Policing and Society, Police Practice and Research, Mobilization, and Contemporary Sociology. He is also a frequent essayist, whose writings have been published in The NY Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, The Nation, Vice News, Fortune, and USA Today. He has also appeared on CNN, MSNBC, CNBC, NPR, PBS, Democracy Now, and The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.