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Teaneck Forum Reopens Police/Minorities Dialogue

Teaneck Councilman Jason Castle.
Teaneck Councilman Jason Castle. Photo Credit: Facebook

TEANECK, N.J. — Teaneck Councilman Jason Castle will moderate “Black, White and Blue,” a Tuesday night forum addressing challenges faced by minorities and police in relating to each other.

The 7 p.m. event will take place at the Richard Rodda Community Center .

“The way to move forward is to have open and constructive dialogue that engages all facets of our communities,” said Castle, referencing deadly neighborhood conflicts that have happened nationwide.

It’s a conversation particularly important in culturally diverse towns such as Teaneck, he added.

The special guest panel includes:

Ass. Gordon Johnson (D-Dist. 27);

Teaneck Police Chief Robert Carney;

Mark Denbeaux, director of the Center for Policy and Research at Seton Hall Law School;

Rachel Godsil, co-founder and director of research for The Perception Institute; and

Anthony Cureton, president of Bergen County NAACP.

In announcing the forum, Castle alluded to the 1990 death of African American teenager Phillip Pannell, who was shot and killed while fleeing police by Officer Gary Spath, who was later charged with manslaughter and acquitted.

“Over the last 25 years,” Castle said, “much has been done to rebuild ties between the police department and the community. But times like these test those ties as people begin to ask if such a tragedy could ever again happen here.”

The Richard Rodda Community Center is at 250 Colonial St.

For more information, contact Castle at jcastle@teanecknj.gov or (201) 744-3733.

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