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Pittsfield At-Large Candidates Talk Policing, Poverty and Inequity, Local Economy at NAACP Debate


The NAACP Berkshires held a forum for at-large City Council candidates over Zoom that was also broadcast on Pittsfield Community Television. PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Berkshire Chapter of the NAACP hosted a debate with Pittsfield’s six at-large candidates on last week.

Incumbents Peter Marchetti, Earl Persip III, Pete White, Yuki Cohen, and newcomers Karen Kalinowsky and Craig Benoit answered questions generated from a survey by the Political Action Committee.

The virtual event was moderated by William Singleton.

Reoccurring topics included public safety and the role of the Pittsfield Police Department, addressing poverty, inequity, and homelessness, and the local economy.

White said police need to be in a role of respect and authority, but also they have to earn that role of respect and authority by being good members of the community and also following rules and regulations themselves.

“I support our Police Department, I don’t support how things have happened across the country, and at times here, where many people of color feel targeted,” he said.”I think, traffic stops have to be really legitimate, which I think typically here we’ve had better interactions but we always need to be improving and we need to make sure that the rules of our Police Department are […]

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