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Join host Paul Shapiro as he talks with some of the leading start-up entrepreneurs and titans of industry alike using their businesses to help solve the world’s most pressing problems.

Jul 1, 2020

There are few people with more credible voices on police reform than Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. 

As you’ll hear in the interview, Adams talks about how his experience of being beaten by the police while in custody as a black teenager led to him become a police officer himself for two decades, and then ultimately to a life in politics. 

After serving in the police force, Adams was elected as a state senator in New York where he championed police reforms, including opposition to the then-stop-and-frisk policy, and he’s now in his second term as the chief executive of New York City’s most populous borough, Brooklyn. And while it’s still early, Adams is already considered by many as a frontrunner in the November 2021 mayoral race in America’s largest city. (Current New York City Mayor Bill di Blasio will be termed out of office.)

In addition to discussing technologies from the private sector he believes could be helpful in preventing lethal use of force by police, we also discuss how Adams’ adoption of a plant-based diet reversed his diabetes, gave him back his health, and what he thinks private businesses can do to advance public health.

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