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Black & Brown on Blue: Piercing the Police Wall of Silence
January 24 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Heroic activists have pushed for change in policing for years, but recently push has come from police officers themselves. The NYPD 12, and the PG13, are current examples. In 2015, 12 people of color officers filed a landmark class-action lawsuit in NY over illegal policing quotas. In 2018 13 Prince George’s County police officers of color filed suit, accusing the department of discrimination and retaliation for reporting other officers’ bad behavior.
WHEN WILL THE GOOD COPS FINALLY SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE BAD ONES? The award-winning film, Crime + Punishment, chronicles a group of Black & Latino whistleblower cops & the young people they are pressured to arrest in NYC. Risking their lives & careers, they covertly gathered the evidence needed to bring their employer to court as depicted in this powerful and suspenseful film.
4pm Networking, Reception & Dinner
5pm Film Screening “Crime+Punishment”
7pm Panel Discussion:
- Kanya Bennett, Sr Legislative Counsel ACLU; co-chair Justice Roundtable Law Enforcement Reform Work Group
- Thomas Boone, President, United Black Police Officers Association
- April Goggans, Organizer, Black Lives Matter DC
- Ron Hampton, Chair, Institute of the Black World 21st Century Police Task Force
- Eugene Puryear, Organizer, Stop Police Terror Project DC
- Officer Clarence Rucker, former officer PG Police Department, lawsuit plaintiff
- Elsie Scott, Interim President and CEO, Congressional Black Caucus Foundation
- Jonathan Smith, Executive Director, Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs
Moderator: Nkechi Taifa, Esq. Convener, Justice Roundtable