As the country grappled with the police killing of George Floyd, San Jose found itself at the center of widespread protests, confrontational policing and conversations about police brutality, racial bias and First Amendment rights of protesters and journalists.
What has San Jose — its people, elected leaders and civic institutions — learned from a season of protest? How does a community balance First Amendment rights with public safety?
San José Spotlight teamed up with the First Amendment Coalition for a dynamic discussion featuring policymakers, activists and legal experts.
The discussion dug deep into the movement for racial justice, recent legislative proposals to increase police accountability and the clashes between law enforcement and those engaged in activity protected by the First Amendment.