Flashpoint: The impact of #MeToo on Philly leaders, #FreeLeToya's acquittal, PhillyCAM

January 19, 2020 - 10:46 am
This week's panel includes Philadelphia Controller Rebecca Rhynhart, Levone Cannady, and Mae Larimore Johnson.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — This week on Flashpoint: Host and KYW Community Affairs reporter Cherri Gregg asks the burning questions about the impact the #MeToo movement has had on Philadelphia's leadership. 

This week, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein is on trial. He is just one of the well-known figures facing the reckoning of years of sexual misconduct. Other tall trees cut down include Bill Cosby, former CBS CEO Les Moonves and so many more.

In Philadelphia, many leaders have stepped down or been replaced. Now there are new women in leadership, including the city's first Black woman sheriff, Rochelle Bilal, and its first Black woman police commissioner, Danielle Outlaw. Much of the change came after the Philadelphia Controller released an audit report showing major problems with the city's system for reporting sexual misconduct and millions going out for settlements. 

What has happened since the audit? What changes have been implemented? What gaps still remain? Controller Rebecca Rhynhart joins Levone Cannady of the Health Masculinity Initiative at the Philadelphia Center Against Sexual Violence and #MeToo survivor Mae Larimore Johnson.

Related: Mayor appoints Danielle Outlaw of Portland as Philly's new top cop

LeToya Ramseure and attorney Michael Coard
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The newsmaker of the week is LeToya Ramseure. In 2018, she made headlines after she was jailed for shooting her abusive ex-boyfriend. Ramseure met Devon Roye when she was 13 and he was 19; she became pregnant with their daughter a year later. Their decade-long relationship was rife with abuse. 

In July 2018, despite a protection from abuse order, Roye pushed his way into Ramseure's home. The altercation ended with her shooting Roye. She was jailed and tried for manslaughter. In December, Ramseure was acquitted. Her attorney, Michael Coard, joins her in the Flashpoint interview and calls for reforms. 

Finally, the Patriot Home Care changemaker of the week is PhillyCAM. The nonprofit's mission focuses on media education and public access to the broadcast airwaves. Their public access television station recently celebrated 10 years on air. PhillyCAM provides community and teaches Philadelphians how to create high quality content. Executive Director Gretjen Clausing and Len Webb, a PhillyCAM radio and television producer and vice-chair of the board, join the program. 

PhillyCAM's Gretjen Clausing and Len Webb
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