Jay Z and The Weinstein Company held a press conference in New York City earlier this month to announce their upcoming television documentary series about Kalief Browder, which will air on Spike TV in January.
Kalief Browder was a 16-year-old who was imprisoned for three years at Rikers Island without conviction or a set date for trial. Two years after his 2013 release, Browder took his own life.
During the press conference, Jay Z responded to questions about criminal justice reform and police brutality in addition to inquiries about the new series. A reporter asked for Jay's opinion on how to "[stop] police brutality against African-American men." Jay Z responded by calling for "trust on both sides" and compassion. He also shared his view on body cameras, stating that "having the camera on someone creates more distrust."
Later in the conference, Jay was asked which presidential candidate he felt would most effectively continue President Obama's criminal justice reforms. He chose not to endorse either candidate by name, stressing that "t's not a political issue. It's a human issue."