Wednesday, August 5
The Bloomfield Public Library is proud to introduce the first in a new series of programs addressing topics and issues of immediate relevance and importance in our community. We are fortunate to welcome authors Wayne Reid and Judge Charles D. Gill, along with Bloomfield’s Police Chief Paul Hammick and Mayor Suzette DeBeatham-Brown, as we discuss the book Death by Cop: A Call for Unity! and the issues the book addresses.
Forty-one seconds. That’s how long Officer Scott Smith and Franklyn Reid knew each other before Reid ended up dead with a bullet in his back, shot in broad daylight by Smith. Turn on the news today and you’ll likely see a story just like this one. Details might differ, but we’re always left with the same question: How can we reduce–and eventually eliminate–unwarranted police civilian shootings?
In 1998, Wayne Reid’s life was changed forever when his brother Franklyn was killed. Now, Wayne is honoring his brother’s memory by calling for an end to the bloodshed. Offering unparalleled insight into the legal process is Judge Charles D. Gill, who presided over the trial. Together, the duo present the emotional struggle both families (victim and officer) endured, and highlight the courageous acts of all involved.
Upon registering your email for this program, you will receive the Zoom link to join. All participants will start with video off and sound muted. No computer/internet at home? Call the Library for the phone number, meeting ID & password and join us over the phone.
Please note: this program will be recorded so that those who cannot join us live can view at a later date. Your face and voice will be recorded if you choose to turn on your camera and mic.