July 1, 2020


For today’s Critical Issues Report we are sharing the link to video of yesterday’s Virtual Town Hall Meeting. Thanks to all our speakers and live viewers. The meeting covered a wide range of topics, including recent high-profile incidents; crime increases in some cities; the impact of COVID-19 on police operations; police training and culture; and calls to “defund” the police. Click here to view the meeting.

USA Today published an article yesterday summarizing the meeting.

Here is a list of speakers in order:

  • Minneapolis Chief Medaria Arradondo
  • Retired U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske
  • Buffalo, NY Deputy Commissioner Joseph Gramaglia
  • Seattle Chief Carmen Best
  • NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea
  • Houston Chief Art Acevedo
  • Durham, NC Chief C.J. Davis
  • Retired Camden County, NJ Chief Scott Thomson
  • Retired Philadelphia Commissioner Chuck Ramsey
  • Retired NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton
  • Camden County, NJ Chief Joseph Wysocki
  • Tucson Chief Chris Magnus
  • Harris County, TX Sheriff Ed Gonzalez
  • Irving, TX Chief Jeff Spivey
  • Clearwater, FL Chief Dan Slaughter
  • Aurora, IL Chief Kristen Ziman
  • Savannah, GA Detective Patrick Skinner
  • Georgetown Law Professor Rosa Brooks
  • Metropolitan Nashville Chief Steve Anderson

To view Part 1 of our Virtual Town Hall, which was held on June 18thclick here.


The PERF Critical Issues Report is part of the Critical Issues in Policing project, supported by the Motorola Solutions Foundation.


PERF also is grateful to the Howard G. Buffett Foundation for supporting this work.

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