White House Names Diverse Group To 21st Century Policing Panel


The White House has named a diverse group of experts to join Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey and Laurie Robinson of George Mason University and former Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs on its task force on 21st century policing. Ron Davis, Director of the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) office, will serve as the executive director. An initial report is due to the President in March. In announcing the members, the White House said that, “Recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland, and around the country have highlighted the importance of strong, collaborative relationships between local police and the communities they protect.”

The other members are Jose Lopez, lead organizer at Make the Road New York (MRNY), a Brooklyn-based non-profit focused on civil rights, education reform, and combating poverty; Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a non-profit based in Montgomery, Al.; Brittany Packnett, executive director of Teach For America in St. Louis; Susan Rahr, executive director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and former sheriff of King County, Wa.; Yale law Prof. Tracey Meares; Constance Rice, civil rights attorney and co-director of the Advancement Project in Los Angeles; Roberto Villaseñor, Tucson, Az., Police Chief; Sean Smoot, director and chief counsel for the Police Benevolent & Protective Association of Illinois; and Cedric L. Alexander, deputy chief operating officer for Public Safety in DeKalb County, Ga.

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