Sept. 30: Forum to promote community-police relations

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Citizen rebellions precipitated by acts of police violence have plagued the streets of black communities across the country for more than 50 years, resulting in death, property damage and entrenched distrust in police-community relations.

A community forum, “From Watts to Baltimore: The Road to Justice through Community Healing and Empowerment,” is 4­­–6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30 at the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Education Center, room 112. A light snack and refreshments are provided.

Community faculty member Jason Sole moderates a panel and discussion including Councilman Bill Finney, former Saint Paul chief of police; Lissa Jones, KMOJ Radio’s Urban Agenda program host; Sarah Walker, Second Chance Coalition founder, and Monique Drier, Brooklyn Center Police Department community liaison.

This event is the first of a four-part series on current topics in criminal justice organized by the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Studies Department. Co-sponsors for this event include Hennepin Technical College and Metropolitan State’s Institute for Community Engagement and Scholarship (ICES) and the American Democracy Project. For more information, contact Raj Sethuraju, assistant professor, at

ICES will coordinate carpools from the Saint Paul Campus to Brooklyn Park and back. If you can provide or need a ride, please contact