Recent events in Baltimore have a personal aspect: I worked as a policeman in Baltimore many years ago. The city erupted in protest — and some violence — after the death of a young black man in police custody.
What do these events say about the state of race and police relations in that city and in America? Are the underlying factors much different in Phoenix?
We will present some of the observations of several well-known, on-site observers of Baltimore police community relations and then get the perspectives of Paul Penzone, a retired Phoenix Police officer who viewers may also recognize as someone who challenged Sheriff Joe Arpaio in his last re-election.