Miami Confronts a Dark History of Policing

What mistakes have law enforcement in Miami made, and what strategies are being used to try to maintain a sense of calm? We hear from the city's mayor.

  • June 12th 2020
Miami Mayor Francis Suarez in Conversation with Suzanne Malveaux

Leading on the Frontlines: Francis Suarez

In the final episode of Leading on the Frontlines, Miami Mayor Francis Suarez tells CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux how confronting the city’s dark past has made Miami better equipped to address protests following the death of George Floyd. What are the mistakes law enforcement have made, and what strategies are being used to try to maintain a sense of calm? Suarez, a member of the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship in Public Leadership, also shares how contracting COVID-19 early on prepared him to address the pandemic.

Get to Know the Speakers

Francis X. Suarez is the 33rd Mayor of the City of Miami. As the first Miami-born mayor, he is committed to working diligently to serve the residents of the community where he was born and raised. Prior to being elected with 86 percent support from Miami residents, Mayor Suarez served as Miami Commissioner for District 4 during eight years. Mayor Suarez had many legislative accomplishments as Commissioner, including implementing ShotSpotter technology in the City, a state-of-the-art gunshot detection system, setting up a transportation trust fund, which allocates funds for current and future transit projects, and passing the Reverse Redline legislation, authorizing lawsuits against several major banks for discriminatory mortgage lending practices. Mayor Suarez also serves as Chair of the Environment Committee, as well as on the Advisory Board of the U.S. Conference of Mayors. 

Suzanne Malveaux is an award-winning journalist who serves as CNN’s national correspondent, covering politics, national news, international events and culture. Previously, she co-anchored CNN’s Around The World and co-anchored the network’s Emmy-winning coverage of the revolution in Egypt and the network’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of the Arab Spring. Suzanne has covered the White House for over 10 years as a White House correspondent and has interviewed all 5 living Presidents, and several First Ladies. She is a 2011 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.


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