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Dr. De Lacy Davis Speaks Out: Addressing Controversial Christian Glass Police Shooting in Colorado

May 23, 2023

A Full-Circle Story of a Drew University Mentor-Mentee Relationship

Drew University News
February 14, 2023

From research to applesauce, Dr. De Lacy Davis C’84 and Dr. Reynaldo Ortíz-Minaya C’98 have guided one another through their careers in social justice.


How do you stop police brutality?
February 11, 2023

Five ex-police officers have been charged with second-degree murder after beating Tyre Nichols, 29, who was black, during a traffic stop in Memphis, Tennessee. He died three days later.

Nichols’ death has sparked protests and fresh calls for reform of the police in Memphis and nationwide. Over the past years, the US has been in the spotlight for police brutality. Public outcry against the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Rayshard Brooks – to name a few – at the hands of the police led to Black Lives Matter protests across the globe.


‘Shameful and inhumane’ – Black officers reckon with death of Tyre Nichols
February 1, 2023

The death of Tyre Nichols has brought renewed focus on the issue of race and policing in the US. The 29-year-old died after a violent encounter with five black officers who have since been charged. The BBC spoke to serving and retired black officers about what happened – and what needs to change.


Dr. DeLacy Davis tells Yasmin Vossoughian (@yasminv) the police killing of Tyre Nichols was a “failure in responsibility, a failure in accountability, and a failure in integrity.” MSNBC (@MSNBC)


January 29, 2023

Delacy Davis on MSNBC with Yasmin Vossoughian

Dr. DeLacy Davis shares his views on police reform and the Derek Chauvin guilty verdicts on The New Day Podcast

The New Day Podcast

April 21, 2021

George Floyd: the ‘blue wall of silence’ that “tottered” in the trial for the death of the African-American
April 15, 2021

There is a kind of code among police officers in the United States, which marks the relationship between the agents but also theirs with the citizens.

It is the so-called “blue wall of silence”, the “verbal and implicit understanding that you should never betray a partner, whatever the cost, ” explains DeLacy Davis, former sergeant of the East Orange Police Department in New Jersey, in an interview. with BBC Mundo.


The ‘blue wall of silence’ is crumbling in the Derek Chauvin trial. Why this case could be a tipping point.
April 7, 2021

During his lengthy testimony Monday, Minneapolis’ police chief minced no words in condemning the actions of Derek Chauvin, the former officer who is charged with murder in the death of George Floyd.

“To continue to apply that level of force to a person proned out, handcuffed behind their back, that in no way, shape or form is anything that is by policy,” Chief Medaria Arradondo said. “It is not part of our training, and it is certainly not part of our ethics or values.”


The legend of Bras-Coupé: How police turned a Black man into a villain to save themselves
October 1, 2020

The little-known, slavery-era story of one of the first documented police shootings of an American Black man and why police made him a criminal.

“What we see today is not what I would call a parallel to what happened during slavery, but an evolution of the structure of racism that is at the foundation of policing. This is a system that was never designed to protect or serve Black people.”
–DeLacy Davis, founder of Black Cops Against Police Brutality


Rebuilding after the protests: Fulfilling the promise this time | Opinion
June 29, 2020

I can’t forget the unrest, the youth-led marches, and the police in riot gear. Eastside hired counselors to help students manage their trauma.  We all wondered if any of us would be next. Renowned Detective Sgt. De Lacy Davis, Director of Black Cops Against Police Brutality, tried to hold our city together. He urged us to build our neighborhoods instead of burning them down. 


“What it’s like to be a black police officer, navigating two turbulent worlds”

June 12, 2020

De Lacy Davis remembers the moment vividly.
The New Jersey officer and a fellow officer were patrolling the streets of East Orange when a black woman and her daughter accidentally stepped in front of their police cruiser.  


Dr. De Lacy Davis discussed “The History of Policing in America” with Dr. Joy DeGruy

June 10, 2020

Dr. De Lacy Davis discusses George Floyd

Roland Martin Show
May 28, 2020

De Lacy Davis from Black Cops Against Police Brutality speaks to Roland Martin about Attorney General Barr’s comments”

Roland Martin Show
Aug 15, 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • June 11, 2020
    “Police Brutality, Racism and Mental Health”
    Newark Branch NAACP, Facebook Live

  • June 10, 2020
    “Wellness Wednesdays with Dr. Joy DeGruy and Bahia on The History of Policing in America”
  • June 2, 2020
    “Fight for Floyd: Where Do We Go From Here?”
    Black Methodists for Church Renewal (Rev Brawner), Philadelphia, PA
  • May 19, 2020
    “African-Americans in Social Science and Law: Activism, Scholarship and Black Futures in the Age of Covid-19”
    The Center for the Ethnography on Public Safety and Community. Dr. Khalfani Ture, Facilitator
    Quinnapiac University, CT
  • March 20, 2020
    Conference of Minority Public Administrators (COMPA)
  • February 28, 2020
    “How We Made It Over: Get Up You Mighty Race!”
    Plainfield Housing Authority, Black History Program
  • January 3, 2020
    Gala speaker for Sheriff Rochelle Bilal
    Philadelphia, PA.
  • October 21-23, 2019
    “Police Supervision and Executive Leadership” workshop Luncheon Keynote Speaker
    NABLEO Police Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  • October 22, 2019
    “What to do when stopped by the police?”
    Bibleway Baptist Church (50 young men).
  • November 11,2018
    “What to do when stopped by the police?”
    HUBB Radio Show
  • November 15, 2019
    “Trends in Faith-based Organizations”
    Panelist (Discussed the importance of partnerships and the impact on prison reform)
    Black Agency Executives Conference, The Interchurch Center
    Harlem, New York

Media Analysis


MSNBC, “Policing The Black Community”

Provided hourly analysis on policing in the Black community.


Timothy Thomas, 19-years of age, shooting death by Police, Cincinnati, Ohio. Provided analysis of facts of the case and community rebellions in the aftermath.


Analysis of live San Francisco, California police chase & police use of force.

Court TV

State of Michigan v. Officer David Krupinski (Errol Shaw Jr., shooting death). A 39-year old deaf Black man alleged to have a rake in his hand. Provided technical analysis of the case.

Court TV

State of Ohio v. Officer Stephen Roach (Timothy Thomas Shooting Death): An unarmed 19-year old Black man. Provided technical analysis of the case.

Court TV

Amadou Diallo, an African immigrant who was shot 19 times by New York City Police officers: Debated the legal concepts/defense with Defense Attorney Joseph Tacopina.