Officer Corey Saffold

The Paradox of Being a Black Police Officer in Today’s Society will be held Wednesday, Aug. 24, 7-8:30 p.m. at Pinney Branch Library

Officer Corey Saffold is a law enforcement professional in Madison, and is known in the community for his volunteerism and his work with youth of all ages and demographic backgrounds. In his talk, Saffold will discuss his experiences as a Black policeman in the wake of multiple, highly publicized killings of unarmed African-Americans by police officers.

Additionally, Officer Saffold will address the paradox of being a Black officer during a time when police are viewed as an enemy and are often not trusted, especially among the African-American community. The shooting and killing of unarmed African-Americans have intensified already-strained relations between the community and the police. As such, Officer Saffold will offer his strategy for engaging the community at large around these issues that have also affected him personally.

Saffold will relay his personal experiences with law enforcement and how these experiences have helped to shape his approach to upholding the law throughout the city. This event is brought to you by the Wisconsin Humanities Council.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.