Michigan United Detroit Pastoral Alliance for Change gives community opportunity to raise questions about civilian oversight of the police.
DETROIT – How much control can a community expect to have over law enforcement officials? If police lack local control, does the federal government have the duty to step in? Michigan United’s interfaith coalition, the Detroit Pastoral Alliance for Change (DPAC) will host a panel discussion to answer these questions and more.
Scheduled to appear are US Attorney, Barbara McQuade; Chairman of Detroit Police Board of Commissioners, Willie Bell; Vice-President of the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE), Ainsley Cromwell; Detroit City Councilman, Gabe Leland; Detroit Police Officer (Ret.), Shelly Foy; Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality, Ron Scott; Community Activist, Grover Easterling lll.
Detroit was recently relieved of federal oversight, but at a critical time, shortly after the death of Michael Brown and before the city’s bankruptcy agreement. An order in that agreement took oversight control of police from the elected board of commissioners and gave it to the mayor. The Department of Justice has since decided not to pursue federal civil rights charges against Darren Wilson, the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown.
Barbara McQuade, US Attorney, Federal Department of Justice
Gabe Leland, Detroit City Council Member (7th district)
Willie Bell, Chairman, Detroit police board of commissioners
Ainsley Cromwell, Vice-President, National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE)
Shelly Foy, Detroit police officer (Ret.)
Ron Scott, Detroit Coalition Against Police Brutality
Grover Easterling lll, Community Activist
Panel discussion on police accountability. Q&A session to follow.
Tuesday, March 24th, 2015, 7:00pm
Evangel Ministries 13660 Stansbury, Detroit, MI 48227