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BTH: Councilman Smiley on Mask Ordinance, Police Reform, More

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In an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus, the City of Memphis passed an ordinance requiring face coverings in public. Memphis City Councilman (Super District 8) JB Smiley joins this week’s Behind the Headlines on WKNO-TV with host Eric Barnes and Daily Memphian reporter Bill Dries. Smiley says there have been mixed reactions from constituents (depending on the zip code) about the mask ordinance and how the City should respond to the pandemic. 

 

Smiley also talks about local police reform and legislation that could change the way the Memphis Police Department operates. 

 

Wrapping up, Smiley discusses the city’s 2020-2021 budget season and the economic effect COVID-19 may have.

 

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