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Greenman Moderated Panel on Falcon Heights Policing

Sarah Greenman, assistant professor of criminology and criminal justice, moderated a panel discussion that aimed to help Falcon Heights set a new direction for policing on Thursday, September 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Falcon Heights Church. According to a press release from the city, panel participants will discuss the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing, racial equity, police training, policing models and residents' roles in improving policing. The conversation will help inform the work of a proposed Falcon Heights citizen's work group on community policing.

Falcon Heights is the suburb where Philando Castile was shot and killed by a police officer after being pulled over on July 6, 2016. The immediate aftermath of the shooting was captured live on a Facebook video stream. The death of a black man by a police officer sparked protests across the nation and a call for more conversations and action in the areas of race and justice.

Panel participants include Melvin Carter Jr., retired St. Paul police sergeant, and founder of Save Our Sons, an organization that works with at-risk African-American young men; Mindy Greiling, former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, presenting findings from the Roseville League of Women Voters study on policing in Falcon Heights and neighboring suburbs; Teresa Nelson, legal director, American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota; and Jeff Martin, president, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, St. Paul.