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First Person: Talking About The Role Of Police In The Community

San Diego Police Department Officer David Lee (left) and City Heights residen...

Photo by Michael Lipkin

Above: San Diego Police Department Officer David Lee (left) and City Heights resident Eddie Rivers on March 24, 2017.

First Person: Talking About The Role Of Poice In The Community

GUESTS:

David Lee, officer, San Diego Police Department

Eddie Rivers, resident, City Heights

Special Feature First Person

KPBS Midday Edition's First Person series tells the stories of average and not-so-average San Diegans in their own words. Their experiences, both universal and deeply personal, offer a unique lens into the news of the day.

Can police officers and the people they protect have honest conversations about race and their own biases?

That’s the idea behind the Game Changer program, which brings together police and community members for moderated discussions about their experiences. After an hours-long discussion, the few dozen participants bond at a basketball game or other sporting event, where they can talk more informally.

Officer David Lee, a five-year veteran of the San Diego Police Department who patrols in the Western Division, and City Heights resident Eddie Rivers were at the most recent Game Changers event.

As part of our First Person series, they shared what they learned from Game Changers about how police officers approach those they pull over.

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