Rethinking police: How Camden, NJ, reimagined its force

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — When police across the United States clashed with Black Lives Matter protesters over George Floyd’s death, officers in Camden, New Jersey, marched along with residents and activists. For the poor city across the river from Philadelphia, it was seven years ago when civic leaders disbanded the city police department and started anew. Former Chief Scott Thomson says the focus today is on police engagement with the community, and deescalation when problems arise. Critics say the new agenda comes with more patrols and more surveillance, and that’s the opposite of protesters’ demand for less policing.