The Future of Policing in the District: A Roundtable Discussion on Reform – May 4th!

AJE is excited to share this event with you from The Council for Court Excellence on The Future of Policing in the District: A Roundtable Discussion on Reform happening May 4th at 7pm!

Last summer, in response to passionate protests calling for defunding the police, D.C. established the Police Reform Commission. On April 1, 2021, the Commission released recommendations on alternatives to policing, police discipline policies, the use of conflict resolution and restorative justice practices, the role of police in public schools, and the implementation of emergency reforms enacted in 2020. The Commission’s wide-ranging and bold proposals followed reports by the D.C. Auditor and the District Task Force on Jails & Justice which also made recommendations to improve policing in the District. This virtual forum will feature a moderated discussion among local experts about the reform proposals and what they see as a realistic path forward.

Panelists include:

o  Kenethia Alston, Mother of Marqueese Alston/Activist
o  Chanell Autrey, Government Affairs Professional
o  Robert Bobb, Co-Chair, D.C. Police Reform Commission
o  Monica Hopkins, Executive Director, ACLU-DC
o  Christy Lopez, Co-Chair, D.C. Police Reform Commission

o  Asst. Chief Patrick A. Burke (ret. MPD), Executive Director, DC Police Foundation

The event will be moderated by D.C. Auditor Kathy Patterson, and will happen via Zoom on May 4th, at 7pm.

This event is the first in a series of 2021 public forums on urgent justice topics in the District hosted by the Council for Court Excellence (CCE) in partnership with the Office of the D.C. Auditor (ODCA). Each of our lively forums will feature experts, local stakeholders, and individuals affected by law or public policy that’s ripe for change in D.C. We will address barriers to reform, explore how community perceptions and needs are being addressed, and dig into viable options for change. Follow @CCE_for_DC and @ODCA_DC for information about this and future forums.

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