MCKEESPORT, Pa. — Calls for transparency and accountability in policing accelerated across the nation in the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis in 2020, while he was in police custody. The Pittsburgh region was not immune to these calls, given a 2018 high-profile incident in which Antwon Rose, an unarmed Black teenager, was fatally shot by a police officer in East Pittsburgh.
In 2020, the City of Pittsburgh delivered the “Pittsburgh Community Taskforce for Police Reform” report, an examination of policing in the city, and proposed recommendations for reform. This report is the basis for Penn State Greater Allegheny’s 2021-22 Crossing Bridges Summit, a three-part series produced and broadcast on WPSU. The series is available at watch.psu.edu/crossingbridges. A fourth event will be held in-person on April 7, at the Greater Allegheny campus.
“Our Crossing Bridges Summit committee read the taskforce report with great interest,” said Jacqueline Edmondson, chancellor and chief academic officer at Penn State Greater Allegheny. “We have employees who live in Pittsburgh, and we draw students from many neighborhoods in the city. We are personally invested in and supportive of work that improves our communities, and we recognize we can learn from the thorough and honest review of policing in the City of Pittsburgh and consider the implications for the Mon Valley where our campus is located.”