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An Open Conversation Between Youth of Color and Police

On February 23, 2021, the Institute on Race and Justice hosted an open conversation between youth of color and police to discuss the complexities of building a relationship with respect to community policing. Two youth of color who attend programming from Youth and Police in Partnership (YPP) served as panelists alongside two members of the Boston Police Department.

This panel “Race and Youth & Police Relationships” was the third of the four-part dialogue series “Race, Policing, and the Community.”


  • Ricky Grant, Chief of Community Engagement for District Attorney Rachael Rollins Office
  • Sergeant Detective Lanita Cullinane, Commander of the Firearm Analysis Unit, Boston Police Department
  • Deputy Superintendent Eddy Chrispin, Assistant Chief, Bureau of Professional Standards, Boston Police Department
  • Brian Tatis Cruz, Youth and Police Partnership Peer Leader
  • Katie McNair, Youth and Police Partnership Program Participant


  • Ricardo Jean Noel, Director of Youth and Police Partnership
  • Sam Williams, Founder of One Circle Health and Wellness LLC and Co-Chair of the IRJ Community Advisory Board
  • Jack McDevitt, PhD, Director of the Institute on Race and Justice

This event was co-sponsored by Youth and Police in Partnershipthe School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.

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