The Way Forward: Matthew Johnson RC’90 Discusses Police Reform

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The Way Forward: Alumni and Faculty Discuss Police Reform is advancing the conversation on police reform by featuring Rutgers alumni who have been on the front lines of the issue for years. For the third installment of the series, Matthew Johnson RC’90, former president of the Los Angeles Police Commission, will discuss his experience with police training reform and the reduction of shootings by police. Nyeema Watson, associate chancellor for civic engagement at Rutgers University–Camden, will moderate the discussion.

Johnson was appointed to the Los Angeles Police Commission by Mayor Eric Garcetti in 2015 and elected president of the commission by his fellow police commissioners. As president, Johnson oversaw the operations of the 10,000-officer force, set policies, and spearheaded major changes to reduce the use of deadly force by police officers.

After attending Rutgers, Johnson graduated from New York University School of Law. Today, he is a partner at Ziffren Brittenham LLP. He was named one of Root 100’s Most Influential African Americans. Most recently, Johnson served as treasurer of Kamala Harris’s presidential campaign.

Register to receive the link and password to attend the event. If you missed the previous two installments of the series, you can view the full recordings here.


Tuesday, December 08, 2020

6:00 PM – 7:00 PM


Online – Zoom information sent with registration confirmation

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Industry & Academic Experts