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Provost’s Forum Addresses Rising Tensions in Community-Police Interactions

Sam Sinyangwe, co-founder of Campaign Zero speaks on the panel, “Dissecting Police and Civilian Interactions,” an exploration of the culture and practice of policing.

From Duke Today:

On Friday, March 3, an audience of nearly 400 came together in Penn Pavilion for a day-long forum on a Forum on Race, Community and the Pursuit of Justice sponsored by Provost Sally Kornbluth. Organized by a steering committee of Duke faculty, the forum addressed topics of mass incarceration of people of color in the United States, police engagement with communities of color, training methods for de-escalation of crises, the demographics of US police forces and the burden placed on police departments to resolve deep rooted social and economic problems.

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Policing Color: Black, Brown, and Blue

The Provost Forum on Race, Community and the Pursuit of Justice

The Forum will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Penn Pavilion, Friday March 3, 2017. The event is free and open to the public. Duke students and Duke staff are especially encouraged to attend. 

View updated conference schedule.

Register here by 3 p.m.,Tuesday, February 28 (or until the event is full)https://bit.ly/2k4XkiS

We are living in a moment in which significant tensions exist between law enforcement and communities of color. Of course, these tensions are not simply a product of our time. There is a history of racism in policing; and as a consequence of that history and based on the lived experiences of people of color, many communities of color bear a deep distrust of the police.

At the same time, law enforcement personnel sometimes feel besieged and isolated as police officers attempt to meet their duty to protect and serve many different communities. The issue has taken on added urgency most recently with the deaths of a long list of people of color following interactions with the police, as well as the deaths of police officers in Dallas and other cities this past year.

This year’s Forum will bring together participants coming from multiple vantage points, activists, scholars, and police officers to help us better understand the problem in its full complexity; provide insights on the nature of police and civilian interactions; help us appreciate the impact on marginalized communities that are experiencing racial violence through the media; offer us a process for achieving justice between sometimes oppositional communities; and point us toward potential solutions.

Sessions include:

9-10:30 a.m. Understanding the Problem

10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Dissecting Police/Civilian Interactions

1:30-3 p.m. Visualizing the Impact of Racial Violence

3:15-4:45 p.m. Obtaining Justice and Balancing Power

5-6:30 p.m. Constructing Solutions

For more information on the conference, visit https://provost.duke.edu/provost-forum-on-race-community-and-the-pursuit-of-justice.

DCORE Faculty To Host Panel on Racially Charged Summer

Last year WUNC’s Frank Stasio moderated a discussion with DCORE faculty members Kerry Haynie, Mark Anthony Neal and Karla Holloway.

In recent years, the summer season has given rise to racial tensions in the U.S. due to injustice surrounding police shootings and other acts of violence targeting the African Americans.

Two such incidents have captured media attention so far this summer — the July 5 killing of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, La., and the killing of Philando Castile in Falcon Heights, Minn., both by white police officers.

DCORE faculty members will discuss the various aspects of the police killings, the Orlando nightclub shooting and gun control during a panel discussion. The DCORE faculty represent a number of academic fields, including law, the humanities and the social sciences.

“#SummerSyllabus 2016” will be held at 6 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 8 in Griffith Film Theater.

Sterling, 37, died on July 5 outside a supermarket when police, suspecting he had a gun, wrestled him to the ground and shot him several times at point blank range. The father of five had been selling CDs.

A day later, Castile, 32, was killed during a routine traffic stop as he reached for his license, registration and concealed carry permit. Shortly after, in alleged retaliation, five police officers were killed in Dallas, Tex., and three were killed in Baton Rouge, La. A fourth is in critical condition and two others were injured.

DCORE faculty held #SummerSyllabus last year with a focus on the events of summer 2015 including the Charleston church shooting, the debate over the Confederate flag, and the death of Sandra Bland in police custody. In 2014, the topic was the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. which led to protests across the country.

Glad You Asked: The Power of Local Politics (AUDIO)

Police shootings around the country have helped put local politics in the spotlight, says Duke University’s Mark Anthony Neal. Neal points to local prosecutors’ critical role in deciding whether or not to pursue charges.