Like many major cities across North America, Baltimore has had a troubling history of the local police force mistreating the African American community. Over multiple generations, this relationship has deteriorated to the point where it seems impossible to be rebuilt.
Few people understand this as well as Major Monique Brown, an eighteen-year veteran of the Baltimore Police Force and the first African American woman to reach the rank of major. Born and raised in the Southern District of Baltimore, Major Monique has seen firsthand the experiences that have led to the community's animosity towards the police and how it has shaped their perceptions of the police (even losing friends when she became an officer). Throughout her career, she has made it her mission to change the system from the inside and develop an empathetic, community-driven version of law enforcement.
She joins Gilad Cohen and Simona Ramkisson to discuss the documentary Charm City (Human Rights Film Festival 2018), her conflicting sense of identity, and her first time trying poutine.
Hosted by Gilad Cohen (Founder, JAYU) and Simona Ramkisson, produced and edited by Brandon Fragomeni and Alex Castellani. Associate Producer: Ron Ma.
Image: Major Monique Brown. Photo by Gilad Cohen.
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