On October 27, 2020, the Institute on Race and Justice and its Community Advisory Board held a panel called "Historical Injustices and Present-Day Policing," which was the first of the four-part dialogue series "Race, Policing, and the Community." A recording of the panel is available below.
During the event, panelists discussed the historical racism behind the institution of policing, the misuse of police dogs during protests and other large gatherings, the tendency to conflate individual actions with structural racism, historical and intergenerational trauma, and previous attempts to address mistrust between communities of color and the police.
The Historical Injustices and Present-Day Policing event, held virtually over Zoom, was a large success with over 75 individuals in attendance. Dr. Margaret Burnham, University Distinguished Professor of Law and Director of the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, was the inaugural presenter. Dr. Branville G. Bard, Jr., Police Commissioner of the Cambridge Police Department, and Dr. Ted Landsmark, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, served as distinguished panelists. The discussion was moderated by Dr. Jack McDevitt, Director of the Institute on Race and Justice and Sam Williams of the IRJ Community Advisory Board.
This event was co-sponsored by Youth and Police Partnership, the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice, the Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project, the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy, and the College of Social Sciences and Humanities.
The event flyer is featured below: