ASHEVILLE, N.C. – May 4, 2015 – (HISPANICIZE WIRE) –

WHAT:
Are police committed to serving and protecting all people? What complicates the relationship between law enforcement and communities of color? Why do some communities have more positive relationships with police than others?

In light of recent events in Baltimore, Ferguson, North Charleston and other places, there appear to be elevated levels of mistrust between law enforcement and communities. In the past year, a staggering number of people of color have fallen victim to police brutality, racial profiling and discriminatory practices. Is this an increase in incidents or just an increase in visibility?

As the nation looks toward building a more harmonious future for all, it will take coming together to find solutions that create safer places for all children and families to thrive. Join a panel of diverse leaders as they share knowledge and discuss practical, actionable ideas for healing relationships between law enforcement and communities of color.

WHO:
A Livestreamed panel will be moderated by Joy Reid, national correspondent, MNSBC.

Discussing the state of relationships between law enforcement and communities of color in the U.S. will be:

— Jeffrey Blackwell, chief of police, Cincinnati, Ohio

— Melanca Clark, chief of staff, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), U.S. Department of Justice

— Rachel Godsil, director of research, Perception Institute

— Sherrilyn Ifill, president and direct-counsel, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, Inc.

— Joseph Scantlebury, vice president for program strategy, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

WHEN:
Tuesday, May 5, 2015, at 8:15 a.m. EST (7:15 a.m. CST)

WHERE:
Access the Livestream at http://wkkfevents.org/americahealing/livestream/. A recording will also be made available after the event.