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ABLE (Active Bystandership for Law Enforcement) Virtual Open House – July 15, 2020

View a playlist of all of the sessions of our Virtual Open House, or see the full video below.

An agenda will be posted to this website in advance. Attendees will be able to come and go as they please.

Purpose: This event will introduce the Georgetown Innovative Policing Program and the ABLE Project to law enforcement officials and national, state, and local leaders.  During the program,  a series of experienced speakers will discuss the principles of active bystandership in the context of policing, and share concrete steps any department can take to employ active bystandership training to reduce harm to civilians, reduce harm to officers, and drive cultural change.

Intended Audience:  Federal, state, local, and law enforcement officials and government decision-makers interested in promoting cultural change through active bystandership training.

Representative Speakers:  Commissioner Michael Harrison (Baltimore PD), Commissioner Danielle Outlaw (Philadelphia PD), Director Sue Rahr (Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission), Dr. Ervin Staub (Professor Emeritus, Univ. Mass.), Professor Christy Lopez (Georgetown Innovative Policing Program), multiple members of the New Orleans Police Department (the creators of the successful EPIC peer intervention program), and many other experts in the field.

Cost:  Free.

Agenda: Click here to view ABLE Virtual Open House Agenda

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Rethinking Policing Series: Activism and Reform

The police killing of George Floyd has spurred mass protests and a national conversation on ending police brutality and racial injustice.  In “Rethinking Policing: Activism and Reform“, the faculty of the Innovative Policing Program and other panelists came together for a series of discussions and webinars aimed to educate and empower individuals, communities, and the next generation of leaders pursuing meaningful change.

“Justice for George Floyd: Understanding and Responding to Minneapolis”

Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor hosted “Justice for George Floyd: Understanding and Responding to Minneapolis.”

“As a community focused on justice and service, we have an important opportunity to channel our energy, knowledge, and resources into efforts that can help end the cycle of discrimination, brutality, rage, and division gripping our nation,” said Treanor.

Georgetown Law Associate Dean for Clinics and Experiential Learning Kristin Henning (L’97), who organized the program, moderated a panel that included Professor Paul Butler, Professor from Practice Christy Lopez, Associate Director for Ignatian Formation Mary Novak, and Howard Law Professor Justin Hansford (L’97).

“Transforming the Police”

This panel provided an overview of police reform efforts to date, discussed what is working and what is not, and explored where we should go next.

Georgetown Law Professor Rosa Brooks moderated the panel that included Georgetown Law Professor from Practice Christy E. Lopez; Executive Director of the Professional Development Bureau of the DC Metropolitan Police Department Marvin Haiman; Director of the Policing Program at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights Lynda Garcia; and Former Director of the U.S. Department of Justice COPS Office Ron Davis.

“Preparing the Next Generation: Activism and Healing”

Centering hope as the motivating force for change, panelists grappled with the challenges and promise of activism in the search for meaningful transformation and healing after the killing of George Floyd.

Georgetown Law Associate Dean Kristen Henning (L’97) moderated the panel that included Professor Anthony Cook; Lecturer Amy Uelmen (C’90, L’93, L’15); National Office Advancement Project Executive Director Judith Browne Dianis; Licensed Clinical Psychologist Diversity & Inclusion Speaker Justin Hopkins; and Racial Justice Advocate Janae Staicer (L’20).

“Police Abolition: What Does it Mean?”

Police abolition and the “defund police” movement have been simmering for a while but only entered the national conversation after George Floyd’s death and the protests that followed. Find out what it means (and what it doesn’t) as we discuss where this new conversation might take us.

Georgetown Law Professor from Practice Christy Lopez moderated the panel that included Professor Allegra McLeod; Howard Law Professor Justin Hansford (L’07); and Relman Colfax Associate Tahir Duckett (L’17).​