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SXSW 2017

Reducing Violent Police-Citizen Interactions

Police shootings of citizens, particularly African Americans, have tempers flaring across the country. And citizen shootings of police have officers on edge. How can we enlist community members in efforts to reduce these violent events? This panel will bring together law enforcement, community activists, and researchers for a candid and evidence-based conversation on how best to reduce violent police-community interactions and elevate community voices when it comes to public safety. Urban Institute scholars will moderate the discussion and share findings from their research on body-worn cameras, high police presence communities, and violence reduction strategies.

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  1. What is law enforcement doing to address the prevalence of fatal shootings of people of color?
  2. How can we enhance officer safety without sacrificing adherence to community policing?
  3. How can we elevate community voices, and what role can they play in violence reduction?



Nicole Weissman, Sr Communications Mgr Justice Policy Center, Urban Institute

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