Maryland Public Television, WYPR to air town hall forum on race, policing tonight

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Baltimore City Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, Baltimore County Police Chief Melissa Hyatt, activist DeRay Mckesson and other experts and advocates will take part in an hour-long town hall forum on race and policing tonight.

Maryland Public Television will broadcast “A Conversation: Face and Policing” at 7 p.m. as part of the statewide network’s initiative “Standing Against Racism: Fostering Unity Through Dialogue.” The forum will also be livestreamed on MPT’s website and will air on WYPR-FM (88.1).

MPT moderators Jeff Salkin and Charles Robinson will be joined Johnetta Elzie, a leader of the activist group We The Protesters; Dr. Raymond Winbush, a research professor and director of Morgan State University’s Institute for Urban Research; Dr. H. Lovell Smith, a sociology professor at Loyola University Maryland; Mckesson; Harrison; and Hyatt.

The moderators and guests will discuss the nationwide protests against systemic racism and police brutality that were reignited over the past few months by the police killings of Black people, such as Breonna Taylor and George Floyd.

“In the aftermath of the death of George Floyd and the ensuing protests nationwide and in our region, this informative and provocative dialogue will pull the curtain back on the issue of racism and its impact on policing,” a news release said.

The speakers will cover three segments: “Where are we and what’s at stake,” “Finding solutions and turning protests into policy” and “Police accountability.”

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Marcus Dieterle

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