Frederica Freyberg is the anchor of PBS Wisconsin's Here & Now, a live weekly program that covers news concerning state issues and feature segments about matters in local communities throughout the state.
A bill before the Wisconsin Legislature would define the primary duty of law enforcement as preserving the life of all individuals, and that deadly force is to be used only as a last resort. A former police officer, State Sen. Van Wanggaard discusses this proposal and the training of police.
Will demonstrations over the killing of George Floyd be the situation that causes change? Noble Wray, retired Madison Police Chief and a law enforcement consultant on community policing, discusses the protests and what he thinks is most important for law enforcement to be doing.
Police reform is an immediate action item for community organizers protesting the killing of George Floyd. Angela Lang, executive director of Black Leaders Organizing Communities, discusses policing, the structure of white supremacy and changes demonstrators in Milwaukee are seeking.
What do the George Floyd protests mean for people who feel marginalized on the job, priced out of their neighborhoods, overcharged for payday loans and over-policed? Michael Johnson, president and CEO of the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County, discusses the challenge of systemic racism.
What is the situation on the ground with practicing cops, those still responding and engaging and making decisions? Green Bay Police Chief Andrew Smith discusses training, police accountability, marching with protesters, and criticism the department is facing over its use of force.
Gov. Tony Evers declared racism to be a public health crisis, but what tangible steps will he take to heal that malady? The governor discusses proposed legislation that would change how police in Wisconsin use force and building with communities of color.
In northern Wisconsin, tourism dollars come with an increased risk for a larger COVID-19 outbreak in an area largely spared so far. Minocqua Chamber of Commerce executive director Krystal Westfahl discusses how the region is adjusting to changes in economic activiy through the pandemic.
From an emphasis on contact tracing to an uptick in new cases, the fight against COVID-19 continues across Wisconsin. Wisconsin state epidemiologist Dr. Ryan Westergaard discusses how medical professionals are monitoring the pulse of the pandemic and the threat of a resurgence.
What does the killing of George Floyd mean for the people of Wisconsin? Gov. Tony Evers discusses his concerns about racial inequity in policing and the disproportionate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on people of color.