SOURCE: Golden Gate University

Golden Gate University

October 13, 2014 10:56 ET

Golden Gate University Hosts Panel on Police Abuse of Authority and Increased Militarization

Wednesday, October 15

SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - Oct 13, 2014) - Golden Gate University (GGU) School of Law and the Black Law Student Association (BLSA) will host "Police Abuse of Authority and Increased Militarization," a panel to examine the systemic abuse of authority by police officers, and the militarization of local and national police forces, on Wednesday, October 15.

The panel begins at 6 p.m. and includes:

  • Dewitt Lacy - attorney at the Law Offices of John L. Burris, a leading litigator on police misconduct throughout Northern California, including the infamous "Riders" case, which revealed the rampant misconduct of a gang of corrupt Oakland police officers
  • Lara Kiswani - Executive Director of the Arab Resource and Organizing Center who has played an active community organizer around issues of militarization of police forces, war, and immigrant rights
  • Rich Brunelle - former corrections officer and Court Litigation Coordinator with extensive experience in police organizations and how their militarization is deeply rooted in the war on drugs
  • Allyssa Villanueva - currently a UC Hastings student who has done extensive research studying the patterns and history of state lethal violence against Black victims and whose graduate thesis topic was entitled, "Police Terror and Anti-Black Genocide in the United States"
  • Nina Parks - an entrepreneur passionate about youth on probation, off-campus youth education and has created multiple community policing organizations throughout the Bay Area

The panel will be moderated by Adjunct Professor Cynthia Chandler, Director of Public Interest Programs at GGU School of Law, and Director of Justice Now, a human rights organization that wrote California SB 1135, which recently ended coerced sterilization of female inmates in California prisons.

"Police Abuse of Authority and Increased Militarization," is free, but space is limited. The panel takes place at GGU School of Law, at 536 Mission St., in Room 2203. Registration is not required.

About Golden Gate University School of Law (GGU Law)
GGU Law offers full and part-time law programs that blend practical skills training with legal theory to prepare students to be critical thinkers, problem solvers and leaders, with the flexibility to respond to changes in the legal profession. The first law school in America to have a female dean and to actively recruit female applicants, our mission is to produce a diverse group of graduates with the skill, judgment and moral compass to become exceptional lawyers and socially responsible members of the global community.

About Golden Gate University
GGU, a private nonprofit, has been helping adults achieve their professional goals by providing undergraduate and graduate education in accounting, law, taxation, business and related areas for more than 113 years. GGU is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

Contact Information

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    Golden Gate University School of Law
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