PITTSBURGH, PA (June 17, 2020) Today Mayor William Peduto named the Pittsburgh Community Task Force on Police Reform, which is part of his commitment to President Obama's MBK Alliance Pledge.
We are committed to "engage your communities by including a diverse range of input, experiences, and stories in your review." This Task Force will bring their diverse background and unique lens to the work to review current police practices, police-community-relations, state of safety in our communities, and work to deliver recommendations and implementation plans to the Mayor by the fall.
“This Task Force is made up of representatives from diverse stakeholder communities and will put our neighbors' voices at the center of the conversation of police reform since that is the key to making real and sustained change. I'm confident that they will develop people-oriented solutions that make Pittsburgh a better place for all, especially in our black communities," Mayor Peduto said.
The members of the Pittsburgh Community Task Force on Police Reform are:
Dr. Quintin Bullock - President of CCAC, co-chair
Valerie McDonald Roberts - Former Elected Official and Chief of Pittsburgh Bureau of Neighborhood Empowerment, co-chair
Brandi Fisher - President and CEO, Alliance for Police Accountability
Sharon Werner - Former Chief of Staff to Attorneys General Eric Holder and Loretta Lynch, and Chief Counsel at PNC Bank
Richard Garland - Assistant Professor, Pitt Graduate School of Public Health and Founder of One Vision One Life
Tim Stevens - Chairman, Black Political Empowerment Project
Monica Ruiz - Executive Director, Casa San Jose
Amanda Green Hawkins - United Steelworkers, former Allegheny County Councilperson
Patricia Leftwich - Community Advocate
Sylvia Fields - Executive Director, Eden Hall Foundation
Bobbi Watt Geer - CEO, United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania
Camille Redman - Community Advocate
Tony Beltran - President and CEO, Pittsburgh Mercy
Alexander Cash - Community Advocate
Dr. Angela Reynolds - CEO, YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh
David Harris - Professor, Pitt School of Law, Focused on Police Behavior, Law Enforcement, and Race
Nathaniel Yap - Community Advocate
Tonight, the City-County Building is illuminated to recognize Poison Prevention Week and the 50th Anniversary of "Mr. Yuk" in partnership with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC.
For questions about the lighting at the City-County Building, please reach out to the Office of the Mayor.