Confronting and stopping racism in the United States has become a central issue since the death of George Floyd while in police custody.  

In Springfield, members of the City Council requested that the mayor and police department do more to address the concerns of people of color in the community.

Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno announced steps meant to address and improve race relations in the city this week. Sarno said meetings with black department heads and community members helped inform the changes, which include declaring racism a public health crisis in the city.  

Mayor Sarno joined Carrie Saldo to share more about how the city is addressing racism in the wake of protests calling for racial justice and police reforms.