Re-Defining Policing — Re-imaging its Roles & Methods
Gertrude S. Williams Speaker Series Monday, March 15, 7:00 pm on Zoom
Join the 29th Street Community Center for its third of four panels in the 2020-2021 Gertrude S. Williams Series, seeking to name the health and safety challenges we face in our communities, better understand their causes and consequences and explore emerging strategies for overcoming them. The March 15th topic is on reforming policing in Baltimore. The 2015 death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore sparked an uprising that garnered national media attention. Freddie Gray’s death and subsequent protests led to a Federal Department of Justice investigation and a damning report that confirmed what Black residents have known to be true for decades. The 2016 report describes the magnitude of discrimination against Black residents, including wildly disproportionate rates of stops, searches and arrests, as well as excessive use of force. See the Full Report Freedom to Thrive: Reimagining Safety & Security in Our Communities, July 2017. The panelists will speak to three different areas of police reform or innovation— all intended to build community trust and reduce racial and ethnic disparities. This includes statewide efforts to expand the trauma informed handle with care initiative as well as efforts to reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities among Justice Involved Youth. We will also hear an officer perspective on the pre-arrest diversion program to prevent unnecessary arrests and connect people to services. Finally, almost four years into the Consent Decree entered into by the City of Baltimore and the Department of Justice in 2017, we will hear about the progress and challenges a community monitor. SPEAKERS
William Jernigan, Director, Prevention Services and Statewide Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) in the Youth Services Division, Governor’s Office of Crime Prevention, Youth and Victim Services.
Yale Partlow, Coordinator, Community Outreach and Support Team, including Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion Program, University of Maryland
Miller Roberts III, Northern District Neighborhood Liaison to Baltimore City Police Consent Decree Monitoring Team