Throughout the nation, people of color will experience a negative encounter with law enforcement at a rate that is disproportionate to their white counterparts. Whether from a minor infraction, a traffic stop, pre-trial detention, incarceration, or any number of circumstances that arise, encounters with law enforcement by Black and Brown people all too often turns into a death sentence. There is a lack of uniformity with in-custody death investigations, completion of death certificates, collection of public health information, data analysis, and implementation of corrective actions. This webinar will provide a pathway to solutions initiated with the Deaths In Custody Reporting Act of 2013 (H.R. 1447) and more, while exposing and exploring the various entities — policing systems, medical examiners, prosecutors, judges, legislators, federal agencies, and more — who have helped to perpetuate the current deaths in custody crisis.
- Dr. Roger Mitchell, Jr. – Forensic Pathologist and Chief Medical Examiner, Washington, D.C.; Chair of the Department of Pathology, Howard University
- Congressman Robert ‘Bobby’ Scott – Congressman representing Virginia’s 3rd congressional district, U.S. House of Representatives
- Tanya Clay House – Executive Vice President for Campaigns and Advocacy, Hip Hop Caucus and the Hip Hop Caucus Action Fund; CEO and Co-Founder, ClayHouse Consulting Inc.
- Juan R. Thomas – Immediate Past Chair, ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice; Of Counsel, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A.
Co-Sponsors: ABA Commission on Hispanic Legal Rights & Responsibilities, ABA Commission on Racial Ethnic Diversity in Profession, ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, ABA Criminal Justice Section, ABA Division for Public Education
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