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November 11, 2020 RAPID RESPONSE

The State of Race, Police Brutality and Gun Violence in America

George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and so many victims have died because of police brutality and gun violence. The surge in police brutality and gun violence against the Black population recently led all people to come together to peacefully march against these tragedies. This moderated discussion brings together elected officials, victims, law enforcement, policy makers, and advocacy organizations to discuss the state of race, police brutality and gun violence in America. How do we navigate the continued violence and what solutions are available to decrease the issue?


  • Jennifer Carlson, Associate Professor, School of Sociology and School of Government and Public Policy, University of Arizona
  • Dwayne Crawford, Executive Director, National Organization of Black Law Enforcement (NOBLE)
  • Lee Merritt, Founder, Merritt Law Firm
  • Joseph Popcun, Director of Policy and Practice, Rockefeller Institute of Government
  • Michael Sierra-Arévalo, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, The University of Texas at Austin
  • Kevin Tarver, Father of Darius Tarver


  • Angela Adkins Downes, Assistant Director of Experiential Education and Professor of Practice Law, UNT Dallas College of Law

Joint Sponsors: ABA Center for Public Interest Law, ABA Standing Committee on Gun Violence

Co-Sponsors: ABA Criminal Justice Section, ABA Section of State and Local Government Law, Georgetown University Law Center Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection


Transcript: The State of Race, Police Brutality and Gun Violence in America

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