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Nervous Conditions: Examining Law Enforcement Culture & the Color Line

Conversations on Race, Ideology & Reform

Wednesday December 02, 2020 | Original Broadcast

Cognizant of the powerful forces shaping public discourse, the Thomson Reuters Institute is pleased to produce an ongoing thought leadership spotlight on race relations, ideological division, and law enforcement reform during a seminal moment in modern society. Our aim is to bring together perspectives from key influencers and power brokers from the academic, practitioner, and regulatory quarters for a series of cordial and earnest dialogues around social upheaval and transformation.

This highlight conversation explores the confluence of professional duty and identity politics among law enforcement officers of color. Our distinguished panel addresses the myriad social, cultural and personal factors influencing contemporary law enforcement culture in America.

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Why You Should Attend

  • As one of the world’s most ethical companies, Thomson Reuters considers it an honor and privilege to host this timely and earnest dialogue on sociopolitical change
  • Our veteran panel offers decades of insights as citizens of law enforcement community and culture
  • Participants are invited to submit questions and engage our presenters throughout the conversation

Who Should Attend

  • Law enforcement professionals
  • Diversity & Inclusion professionals, allies and advocates
  • Community leaders
  • Social justice advocates and allies

Chair(s) and Faculty

Chair(s) Faculty
Axel Threlfall
Editor at Large, Reuters
Art Acevedo
Chief of Police, Houston Police Department
Robert "Tony" Dixon
US Marshal, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Hugh M. Mo, Esq.
Chairman, Asian-American Police Executives Council
Sonia Pruitt
Captain (retired), Montgomery County Police Department

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Wednesday December 02, 2020

11:00AM EDT Nervous Conditions: Examining Law Enforcement Culture & the Color Line

For many police officers of color, the ongoing protests over the deaths of Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rashard Brooks triggered a profoundly complex web of conflicting loyalties spanning their roles and responsibilities as public servants and the pull of identity politics. Documented instances of protestors branding African American or Hispanic officers “Uncle Tom[s]” or “traitor[s]” speak to a pervasive narrative of diverse underrepresentation within many local and regional police departments. Furthermore, national commentary regarding homophobic or misogynistic behavior of police officers toward civilians and law enforcement colleagues raises questions surrounding inclusive cultures and community engagement in an era of social unrest. Please join us as a distinguished panel of law enforcement leaders consider the so called “culture problem” facing their profession today.

Axel ThrelfallEditor at Large, Reuters

Art Acevedo, Chief of Police, Houston Police Department
Robert “Tony” Dixon, United States Marshal, District of Columbia, Superior Court & Immediate Past President, Washington D.C. Chapter, The National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives (NOBLE)
Hugh H. Mo, Esq., Chairman, Asian-American Police Executives Council; Founder, The Law Firm of Hugh H. Mo, P.C.; Former Deputy Commissioner of Trials, New York Police Department (1984-1988)
Sonia Pruitt, Captain (retired), Montgomery County Police Department & National Past Chairperson, The National Black Police Association

12:00 PM EDT Conclusion