Women in Blue National OVEE screening

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Screening of the documentary film Women in Blue

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We are excited to bring this exclusive screening of the Women in Blue documentary to local, regional and national partners across the country. Post-film Q&A discussion will include two women featured in the film, Chief Melissa Chiodo (Inver Grove Heights Police Department) and Catherine Johnson (Department Director of Corrections for Hennepin County) as well as Ganesha Martin (Chief of Baltimore's Department of Justice Compliance, Accountability & External Affairs Division and has served in several positions in Baltimore City government overseeing collaborative criminal justice efforts that included the Baltimore Police Department, Baltimore State’s Attorney’s Office, Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention, Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney’s Office, the judiciary and several community groups).

Minneapolis Police Department Chief Janée Harteau, the department’s first female chief, works to remake the MPD by getting rid of corrupt police officers, re-training the rest, and demanding accountability. As part of her reform efforts, she also recruits more women and promotes them into leadership at every level. Women in Blue follows three of these police women from different ranks, each committed to reimagining their profession. Cmdr. Melissa Chiodo, tapped by Harteau to be the first woman head of Special Crimes, handling domestic violence and sexual offenses; Sgt. Alice White—who grew up in a black neighborhood suspicious of the police—now leads procedural justice trainings, teaching cops fairness and respect; and rookie Officer Erin Grabosky who, at 22, navigates a night patrol of bar fights, suicide attempts, and domestic violence.

When the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman by a police officer stuns the city, Chief Harteau is forced to resign. The new male chief appoints only men to his top brass, threatening the gains in women represented on the force. With a city already on edge over police misconduct, the women of the MPD fight for gender equity, convinced that it’s one key to reducing police violence.

How will I access the screening?

The screening will occur on the OVEE website. Once you register we will automatically send you a link to access the streaming. This link will be sent a couple of days prior the event.

What device can I use to watch the live stream?

A computer or large screen device that you use to watch movies is ideal. As long as your device is able to stream video from the internet you are all set. A tablet or phone that can stream video will also work.

Screening Partners:

Conservatives for Criminal Justice Reform

Criminal Defense Section of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice

The Deason Center

Ms. Magazine, published by Feminist Majority Foundation

International Association of Women Police

The National Women's Health Network

Ohio Organizing Collaborative

Oklahoma Women's Coalition

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