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Infrastructure Key Issue in This Election as Conventions Gets Underway Henry Cisneros Partner Siebert Brandford Shank & Co. LLC Cisneros, who will attend the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, says: "As we watch the presidential candidates debate a number of issues, the future of our infrastructure needs to be at the top of the list. The next administration is going to have to act upon this problem in a creative way and there is likely going to have to be a federal role in dealing with the crisis, because the traditional means of local public debt structuring is not working." Former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros, who also served four terms as mayor of San Antonio, is available for interviews at the DNC. Cisneros, now a partner at the nation's largest Latino, black and woman-owned investment banking firm, can talk about the national crisis of aging and deteriorating infrastructure and the need for the next presidential administration to address this issue. As one of the first Latino mayors of a major American city, Cisneros can also provide insight into the growing importance of Latino voters in this election and into the future. He is fluent in Spanish. Website: www.sbsco.com Contact: Jason Fink, [email protected]
Why Police Feel Threatened Jesse L. Kirkpatrick Assistant Director, Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy George Mason University "To be a police officer, one has to be willing to take on a degree (in some areas, a high degree) of personal risk, even in the face of threats. This assumption of personal risk is part and parcel of service and protecting one's fellow citizens. And here I think the ethos of 'protect and serve' is vital: Unlike combat, where the goal is often to kill, police are given certain privileges in order to better protect those who they are supposed to serve. But this seems to be brought into tension with the increased militarization of the police." Website: http://ippp.gmu.edu Contact: Buzz McClain, [email protected]
Police Misconduct Tarnishes Reputation of Good Officers Antonio Romanucci Principal and Partner Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, in Chicago "The recent acts of violence from police officers have shocked America. These acts violate every expectation we have of responsible police conduct and tarnish the reputation of the many good officers risking their lives daily on the street. This is a systemic and cultural problem that needs to be eradicated from our country. Protecting the constitutional rights of all of our citizens is paramount to the health of this country." With the recent wrongful police shootings and the number of officers being killed over the last couple of weeks, police misconduct and what can and should be done to rectify relations between the community it serves is top of mind across the country. Romanucci has filed nearly a dozen police misconduct cases (including the Freddie Wilson case filed in 2007, which settled for $4.5 million in 2014). He is also the lead attorney on a current police misconduct case in Louisiana and is being sought out for other national cases as counsel. Romanucci can speak extensively on the following topics: police misconduct, police culture, the "code of silence," police brutality, stop-and-frisk (the firm is representing a class of African-American individuals on this issue), wrongful arrest, excessive force, unjustified police shootings and "the blue shield." He will be able to provide your audience with examples, facts, insights, and national observations on the issues of police misconduct and the scenarios that play out over and over in different cities throughout our country. ProfNet Profile: http://www.profnetconnect.com/antonioromanucci Website: http://rblaw.net Contact: Victoria Walden, [email protected]
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