In a press conference Thursday, Jay Z and The Weinstein Company announced their new television documentary series about Kalief Browder, a 16-year-old who was imprisoned on Rikers Island for three years without conviction before taking his own life.
According to Fader, one CNN reporter asked Jay what he thinks is the best way to "[stop] police brutality against African-American men," to which Jay emphasized a need for compassion, trust, and "respect on both sides," calling out the distrust created by body cameras on police officers.
When you have compassion for what someone goes through—we're all looking for a short embrace at time. Judgement is the enemy of compassion. When you are able to identify that…we’re all not perfect, we may make mistakes. All of us, every single one of us. When you have compassion for what someone’s going through and their plight, my personal belief, having the camera on someone creates more distrust. When we have an exchange and it has to be recorded, something’s wrong there, something’s broken. A camera can’t fix a relationship between a person that’s hired to protect and serve and society. There has to be a relationship. There has to be respect on both sides.
This year's election also came up during the press conference with Jay being asked which presidential nominee he feels is best suited to continue criminal justice reforms. In response, Jay stressed that justice system reform transcends party politics. "We have hopes that we're all moving forward as a society. It's not a political issue. It's a human issue."
Jay Z and the Weinstein Company's six-part docuseries focusing on the life, imprisonment, and solitary confinement of Kalief Browder, as well as examine the nation's broke criminal justice system. Look for the series to debut on Spike in January.