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Town Hall on race and policing to be held Thursday

Virtual discussion will feature local community leaders and police chiefs

From top row, left to right: Project WeHope co-founder Paul Bains, East Palo Alto Center for Community Media Executive Director Henrietta Burroughs, former East Palo Alto police Chief Ron Davis, attorney Winter Dellenbach, Palo Alto police Chief Bob Jonsen, East Palo Police Chief Al Pardini and StreetCode Academy CEO Olatunde Sobomehin will participate in a June 25 virtual town hall on race and policing. Courtesy and file photos.

In the wake of weeks of protests over the killing of George Floyd and calls for change to eliminate racism and police brutality, the Palo Alto Weekly is hosting "Race, Policing and the Color of Justice," a conversation on how the Midpeninsula can chart a path forward.

The June 25 virtual town hall will feature panelists familiar to the local community: Paul Bains, president and co-founder of Project WeHope, chaplain for East Palo Alto, Palo Alto and Menlo Park police departments and pastor of Saint Samuel Church of God in Christ; Henrietta Burroughs, executive director of East Palo Alto Center for Community Media; Winter Dellenbach, attorney and community advocate and founder of Friends of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park; and Olatunde ("Tunde") Sobomehin, CEO of the educational nonprofit StreetCode Academy in East Palo Alto.

Also joining the panel will be three current or former police chiefs: Ron Davis, former East Palo Alto police chief (2005-2013), executive director of President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing and current adviser to Gov. Gavin Newsom on policing and social justice reform; Palo Alto Police Chief Bob Jonsen, the former police chief of Menlo Park; and Al Pardini, East Palo Alto chief of police since 2014.

The conversation is aimed at answering key questions facing the nation and local communities right now, said Bill Johnson, president and CEO of Embarcadero Media, the town hall sponsor: "What do we want racial justice and policing look like in our community and what's keeping us from getting there?"

The event will be presented on Zoom.com on Thursday, June 25, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. RSVP at EmbarcaderoMediaGroup.com/race-and-police.

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Town Hall on race and policing to be held Thursday

Virtual discussion will feature local community leaders and police chiefs

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, Jun 19, 2020, 6:50 am
Updated: Wed, Jun 24, 2020, 9:51 am

In the wake of weeks of protests over the killing of George Floyd and calls for change to eliminate racism and police brutality, the Palo Alto Weekly is hosting "Race, Policing and the Color of Justice," a conversation on how the Midpeninsula can chart a path forward.

The June 25 virtual town hall will feature panelists familiar to the local community: Paul Bains, president and co-founder of Project WeHope, chaplain for East Palo Alto, Palo Alto and Menlo Park police departments and pastor of Saint Samuel Church of God in Christ; Henrietta Burroughs, executive director of East Palo Alto Center for Community Media; Winter Dellenbach, attorney and community advocate and founder of Friends of Buena Vista Mobile Home Park; and Olatunde ("Tunde") Sobomehin, CEO of the educational nonprofit StreetCode Academy in East Palo Alto.

Also joining the panel will be three current or former police chiefs: Ron Davis, former East Palo Alto police chief (2005-2013), executive director of President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing and current adviser to Gov. Gavin Newsom on policing and social justice reform; Palo Alto Police Chief Bob Jonsen, the former police chief of Menlo Park; and Al Pardini, East Palo Alto chief of police since 2014.

The conversation is aimed at answering key questions facing the nation and local communities right now, said Bill Johnson, president and CEO of Embarcadero Media, the town hall sponsor: "What do we want racial justice and policing look like in our community and what's keeping us from getting there?"

The event will be presented on Zoom.com on Thursday, June 25, from 7 to 8:15 p.m. RSVP at EmbarcaderoMediaGroup.com/race-and-police.

Comments

John
Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 19, 2020 at 7:54 am
John, Adobe-Meadow
on Jun 19, 2020 at 7:54 am
17 people like this

Race and policing is an important discussion to have if and only if they are willing to discuss vastly disproportionate crime rates by race.


Question
Palo Alto High School
on Jun 19, 2020 at 8:47 am
Question, Palo Alto High School
on Jun 19, 2020 at 8:47 am
1 person likes this

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Bias in Policing and the Criminal Justice System
Community Center
on Jun 25, 2020 at 10:25 am
Bias in Policing and the Criminal Justice System, Community Center
on Jun 25, 2020 at 10:25 am
2 people like this

Many of us understand the inherit bias in both our policing and judicial practices. A former Palo Alto Police Chief was forced to resigned in 2008 after saying in public remarks about a recent string of burglaries that she instructed her officers to stop African-American men and “find out who they are.” I would rephrase John's question above to "why arrest and incarceration rates for the same crimes differ vastly by race and how we build to a more just system."


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