Race, Diversity And Policing On This West Virginia Morning


On this West Virginia Morning, we learn about some new training police in the Eastern Panhandle recently received in de-escalation, racial profiling and implicit bias. Also, in this show, we speak with longtime community leader Ron Scott Jr. who founded and directs the Ohio Valley African American Student Association in the Northern Panhandle.

As the nation continues to grapple with conversations over police brutality and racism, some police departments are trying to tackle the problem by teaching better communication skills and recognizing bias among their officers. Police in Jefferson County last week completed a two-day training focused on de-escalation, implicit bias and racial profiling. Liz McCormick has more.

A longtime community leader in the Northern Panhandle, Ron Scott Jr. was born and raised in a family of community advocates in Wheeling. He founded and directs the Ohio Valley African American Student Association — an organization that “encourages & promotes higher and continued education for Black and Bi-Racial students in the Ohio Valley.” Now he’s the Director of Cultural Diversity and Community Outreach at the YWCA in Wheeling. Host Glynis Board spoke with him recently to learn about some of the changes he’s seen in his community in the wake of the George Floyd killing.

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