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The Police are the Public: The Public are the Police - Repairing the Breach
Sat, April 1, 2017, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM EDT
"Law and Order" resulted in the mass incarceration of people of color and Donald Trump has promised the police the "weapons" to use as they again carry out that mandate and further widen the breach between the police and the communties they serve. That breach needs to be repaired; however, the breach between the police and the community cannot be repaired until we understand how we have come to the place where people of color are afraid of the police and where all too many of our police are afraid of people of color. Join members of the faith community, the police, and the broader community as we learn together what it will take the repair the breach once and for all and to make a commitment to work together to make "to serve and protect" a reality for all people. Come ready to explore the truth concerning the genesis and role of American policing in maintaining the status quo and controlling people of color, immigrants and the wage earner. Leave with plans to bridge the divide and curricula that can be used by community organizations and police departments.
Our presenters bring a unique take on the intersection of faith, race, and policing to provide insight on this most important issue:
The Rev. Dr. Kelly Brown Douglas, distinguished professor of religion, Goucher College and author of "Stand Your Ground: Black Bodies and the Justice of God."
Chief Brian Jordan, Chief of Police and Executive Director for Safety and Security, Howard University; co-author, "A National Conversation on Police and Community Relations on HBCU Campuses."
Mr. Wesley Lowery, journalist, Washington Post, co-lead on the Post's "Deadly Force" project and author, "They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and the New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement."
The Rev. David Couper, Police Chief (ret.) the City of Madison, WI, and author, "Arrested Development: A Veteran Police Chief Sounds off about Protest, Racism, Corruption, and the 7 Steps Necessary to Improve Our Nation's Police."
The Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart, founder, The Center for the Study of Faith in Justice @ Calvary Episcopal Church, Captain (ret) Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC; author, "Community Policing Explained: A Guide for Local Governments."
Lt. Tim McMillan, with the Garden City Police Department (GA), stopped a young black man in October, 2016. As he approached the vehicle, he could see that the man was physically frightened because of the traffic stop. It was then that Lt. McMillan knew that policing had to change because he believed that no one should be afraid to have an encounter with the police.
This event is limited to 200 participants; breakfast and lunch included; and is FREE. For more information, contact Rev. Gayle Fisher-Stewart, firstname.lastname@example.org