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Roundtable: Pandemic And Protests

San Diego police officers block demonstrators during a protest of police viol...

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Above: San Diego police officers block demonstrators during a protest of police violence and the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, May 31, 2020.

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Roundtable returns from hiatus to discuss the two major stories driving our coverage. A KPBS investigation looks into the use of force by local police, residents of Southeast San Diego describe their interactions with law enforcement, and more places reopen in San Diego county as COVID-19 restrictions ease.

Aired: June 12, 2020 | Transcript

Roundtable: Pandemic and Protest

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Tarryn Mento, reporter, KPBS News

Maya Srikrishnan, reporter, Voice of San Diego

Claire Trageser, reporter, KPBS News

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KPBS Investigates Police Use of Force

Claire Trageser joins us to talk about her three-part investigative series for KPBS on the use of force by San Diego police, efforts to bring reform, and the culture within law enforcement that contributes to how officers interact with the public. The series has been in the works for months, but is even more timely amid the global protests over the in-custody killing by police of George Floyd in Minnesota.

RELATED: Records Show Racial Disparities When San Diego Law Enforcement Uses Force

Flattening the Curve in San Diego

KPBS health reporter Tarryn Mento provides an update on the battle against COVID-19. This week, public places such as Balboa Park, beach boardwalks, gyms and other attractions were allowed to reopen. It's a sign that progress is being made in limiting the spread of the disease and strain on hospitals. However, public health officials are closely watching for any surge in cases due to mass gatherings at local protests and opening of businesses and parks.

RELATED: Hypertension Continues To Be Top Underlying Health Condition Among Local COVID-19 Deaths

Police Relations in Southeast San Diego

Voice of San Diego reporter Maya Srikrishnan discusses her series of interviews with residents in San Diego's district 4, which includes many neighborhoods in Southeast San Diego. The district is among the most diverse in San Diego and underscores the work that needs to be done to build trust between residents and law enforcement.

RELATED: DR J’S: How A Gang Shooting Changed Southeast San Diego

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