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Bridging the Relationship Between Law Enforcement and the Communities They Serve

Baltimore Interim Police Commissioner Kevin Davis and author/Pittsburgh native John Edgar Wideman will be among the speakers at the 15th Annual Forensic Science and Law Symposium at Duquesne University, which is focusing on the strained relationship between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

Beyond Baltimore: Bridging Public Safety and Social Justice in the Policing of America's Streets will be held tomorrow, Thursday, Nov. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 13, from 8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Duquesne University Union Ballroom.

Among the featured speakers for Beyond Baltimore are:

  • Kevin Davis, Baltimore interim police commissioner
  • John Wideman, author and the Asa Messer Professor of Africana Studies and Literary Arts at Brown University
  • Cameron McLay, Pittsburgh police chief
  • Dr. Henry Lee, criminalist
  • Soo Song, assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania
  • Constance Parker, president for the Pittsburgh chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
  • Elizabeth Pittinger, executive director of the Citizen Police Review Board of Pittsburgh
  • The Hon. Jeffrey A. Manning, president, Criminal Division, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

Wideman, who speaks at 9 a.m. on Nov. 12, will present John Brown, Frederick Douglas and Slavery Today. Davis will discuss Lessons from Baltimore at 9 a.m. on Nov. 13. A detailed agenda is available here.

The symposium is co-sponsored by Duquesne University's Cyril Wecht Institute of Forensic Science and Law and the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts, in collaboration with the Department of Justice National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice.

For more information visit www.duq.edu/beyondbaltimore, email wechtinstitute@duq.edu or call 412.396.1330.

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