MetroFocus: September 22, 2020

MetroFocus | September 22, 2020

The NYPD motto “Courtesy, Professionalism, Respect” is called into question after the head of an NYPD union leveled a vicious attack against New York City Council member and Bronx Congressional candidate Ritchie Torres. The Twitter insult came after Torres and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams called for an investigation into a potential police-response slowdown as gun violence spikes across the city. In a now-deleted tweet, Ed Mullins, president of the Sergeants Benevolent Association, called Torres a derogatory term and accused the official of lying and blaming police to help win his Congressional seat. Ritchie Torres reacts tonight in a candid and personal discussion about the police union he says has “essentially become a hate group masquerading as a labor union.”

In the midst of a historic pandemic, economic hardship, and a reckoning with racism, this November Americans will decide who will lead the nation for the next four years: President Donald Trump or former Vice President Joe Biden. And before the votes are cast, as it has for every election since 1988, FRONTLINE will present The Choice — its critically acclaimed election year special offering interwoven investigative biographies of both major-party candidates. Tonight veteran FRONTLINE filmmaker Michael Kirk, joins us with a unique primer for voters in The Choice 2020: Trump vs. Biden, a two-hour documentary that tells the story of a deeply divided nation though the lives of the two men who want to lead it.