Discussing Racial Bias in Law Enforcement
Recent high profile cases of alleged police misconduct have propelled the conversation about police treatment of the black community, especially black men and what many believe is a different set of standards. Nationally, the tragic shooting death of Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri and locally, the case of a Chris Lollie, who was tasered and arrested by St. Paul police while waiting for his children in a skyway have raised questions and concerns about general community trust in our law enforcement officers.
We at Minnesota 2020 ask: "What can we do from a policy perspective to ensure that our laws are enforced according to standards of racial equity, and to ensure that police practices are safe and equitable across communities?"
Today, we have an opportunity to talk with two experts about what builds trust in our community:
Dr. Duchess Harris is Professor of American Studies at Macalester College and an author who has written extensively on the role of race in our country.
Wintana Melekin is a civic engagement organizer at Neighborhoods Organizing for Change
Join us for conversation and share your questions. This conversation is open all day. Dr. Harris and Wintana will both be joining us from 8-9:30 am.
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