24 Minutes in Mott Haven is a reporting project built on the stories of people who were and are directly impacted by police violence in Mott Haven. Our live event was envisioned as a virtual space to bring them together with activists, journalists, academics, attorneys, and community organizers for an open dialogue about the pressing issues affecting the South Bronx. In light of an anniversary event planned by community groups and happening in Mott Haven on the same date, we are rescheduling our Town Hall and we hope that everyone interested in joining the conversation will be able to participate.
New York Public Radio’s Race & Justice Unit is conducting a year-long examination of the 2020 protest in Mott Haven — a predominantly Black and brown neighborhood in the south Bronx — and the police response to it. The police crackdown on June 4, 2020 has been cited by human rights Human Rights Watch and the NY Attorney General as an abject failure of the NYPD. But is Mott Haven the symptom of a larger problem in policing: the use of illegal and excessive force against unarmed civilians? In the aftermath of murder of George Floyd, NYPR’s Race & Justice Unit believes this moment affords a unique opportunity for a reset.
Jami Floyd will host a robust conversation with New Yorkers who were in Mott Haven, one year ago, including legal observers, medics, and protesters all of whom were subjected to a violent NYPD crackdown that Human Rights Watch would later call, “intentional, planned, and unjustified.”
We will share videos of what happened that night and hear from one group of protesters, calling themselves Mott Haven Collective, about an innovative new strategy aimed at breaking the cycle of violence between police and the communities they are supposed to serve.
Most of all, this will be a conversation with community stakeholders about the future of policing in Mott Haven, and beyond.
- Tareq Radi, PhD student in American Studies and member of the Mott Haven Collective
- Pedro Serrano, NYPD Officer, Bronx NY
- Jenn Rolnick Borchetta, Head of Impact Litigation, Bronx Defenders
- Jake Offenhartz, reporter, WNYC/Gothamist