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Missouri Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Announces Public Meeting: "The Impact of Community and Police Interactions on Individual Civil Rights in Missouri"
8/13/2015 2:14:14 PM

The Missouri Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights will convene a series of panel discussions to examine police and community interactions, and the extent to which disparities in the use of force may persist on the basis of race or color.

The meeting will take place on Thursday August 20, 2015, from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm at the Bruce R. Watkins Cultural Heritage Center, 3700 Blue Parkway, Kansas City, MO 64310. This meeting is free and open to the public. Parking will available at the event free of charge. Individuals with disabilities requiring reasonable accommodations should contact the Midwest Regional Office prior to the meeting to make appropriate arrangements.

This meeting follows the Committee's initial hearing on the topic that took place in St. Louis, MO in February of this year. Of concern to the Committee is the extent to which disparities may persist in law enforcement practices that undermine equal protection under the law on the basis of race or color. Dr. S. David Mitchell, Chair of the Missouri Advisory Committee, said "The Missouri State Advisory Committee recognizes that issues raised following the events in Ferguson are not unique. As we continue to examine citizen-police Interactions and their impact on individual civil rights in Missouri, we look forward to hearing the perspectives of the community and experts in the Kansas City area."

The Committee will hear testimony from community members, law enforcement, government officials, and experts in the field of community and police relations.

Members of the public will also be invited to speak during two open forum sessions beginning at 12:00pm and 6:15pm. The Committee will also accept written testimony submitted to Melissa Wojnaroski at by September 20, 2015. The Committee will issue its findings and recommendations in a report to the Commission after all testimony has been received.

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