Flashpoint: 911 overuse, Camden superintendent steps down, prevention point

May 20, 2018 - 12:03 am

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about overuse of the 911 service.

In recent weeks, stories of white people calling the police on black people engaging in routine activities like napping, shopping, moving in, barbequing or waiting in a Starbucks has raised eyebrows and questions about race-based microaggressions in American society.

La Salle University Professor Charles Gallagher, lawyer and York NAACP President Sandra Thompson and Philadelphia activist Patrick Duff dig into the theories and actions behind the act of using police as a tool to "protect White spaces."

Also, Paymon Rouhanifard was an outsider appointed by then Republican Governor Chris Christie to fix the struggling Camden Public Schools. 

He came in five years ago to much controversy because of the takeover, but few can deny there has been progress. 

Cherri Gregg | KYW Newsradio

Last month, Rouhanifard announced he'd be stepping down at the end of the year.

But why?

Cherri asks Rouhanidard about his legacy and motivation for leaving. 

Finally, Jose Benitez, executive director of Prevention Point, discusses the change of tide in support when it comes to using harm reduction to deal with addiction.

Flashpoint airs every Saturday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. on KYW Newsradio 1060AM.