The Urban League is hosting a Special Community/Police Task Force meeting Thursday, Oct. 1, 6-7:30 p.m.

Leaders from communities of color and law enforcement have been meeting since October of 2014 in the wake of the officer-involved shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, to discuss and address issues of relationships between those communities and law enforcement. Following the officer-involved shooting of Tony Robinson on March 6, we have a renewed sense of urgency and gravity to establish community-informed standards within the issues of greatest concern in community policing.

The Community Collaboration created the Special Community/Police Task Force to look at major issues they’ve identified to improve relationships between communities of color and law enforcement. Use of Force is the first area of focus the members of the task force is reviewing.

The Special Community/Police Task Force invites you to help us understand our community.Your voice is needed! Please come and share your feelings, thoughts, and experiences about critical issues in Dane County in the areas of police engagement and encounters, use of force, and trust. All members of the greater Madison community are invited to join the conversations, especially those with personal experiences to share. The ideas shared during these sessions will inform the final recommendations this task force creates.

The event will be hosted by Sue Riseling (Police Chief, University of Wisconsin-Madison) and Everett Mitchell (Pastor of Christ the Solid Rock Church).

A light dinner will be provided.

For more information, contact Jay Young at (608)246-5497 or jay.young@uwdc.org

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