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Detroit 50 Years Later: A Discussion on the End Racial Profiling Act, Policing in America and Film
July 27, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
You’re invited to a special conversation on racial profiling, policing, and a viewing of the film Detroit on Thursday, July 27th, 2017 at 6:00 pm in the Capitol Visitor Center Orientation Theater South. Fifty years after the 1967 Detroit Rebellion, our nation is still plagued by instances of racial profiling and excessive police force that lead to tragic consequences. The issues and circumstances that arose in Detroit in 1967 echo in communities in the U.S.A. today. In recent years, the deaths of Philando Castile – arising from a traffic stop – Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland – all at the hands of police officers – have highlighted the link between the issues of race and reasonable suspicion of criminal conduct.
Before the viewing of the film, award-winning filmmaker Kathryn Bigelow will join community leaders, and others in a panel discussion on the effects racial profiling, policing, and the road forward. Panelists will reflect on Detroit 50 years ago as well as the need for Rep. Conyers’ bill H.R. 1498, the “End Racial Profiling Act of 2017” and federal police training, accountability and community trust legislation.
Kathryn Bigelow, Director, Detroit
Laz Alonso, Actor, Detroit
Hillary Shelton, Director, NAACP Washington Bureau
Patrick O. Lindsay, Vice President Wayne State University
Cedric Hendricks, Former Detroit Resident and Eye-Witness
** Members and staff are welcome**
Thursday, July 27th, 2017 at 6:00 pm
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Orientation Theater South