Following the police murder of George Floyd, there have been calls to “Abolish, Defund, and Reform” the police. Elected officials around the country have called for 50% reductions in the police budgets that account for much of local government spending. At the same time, there is little agreement on the meaning of what could or should be defunded or what can be reformed; in many cases, the very language of this movement has impeded the necessary public debate about the appropriate role of police and policing in our society. This panel will bring together experienced police, elected officials and faculty experts at UC Berkeley to address these critical, and timely, issues.
This event is sponsored by the Social Science Matrix and the Goldman School of Public Policy and is part of the Reimagining Democracy Town Hall Series.
- Nikki Fortunato Bas, President of the Oakland City Council and co-chair of Oakland’s Reimagining Police task force
- Jack Glaser, Professor at the Goldman School for Public Policy and a leading national expert on police bias and police reform
- Commissioner Danielle Outlaw, currently the Chief of Police in Philadelphia (formerly Chief in Portland and Deputy Chief in Oakland)
- (Moderator) Dan Lindheim, Goldman School of Public Policy Professor (formerly Oakland’s city manager who supervised the Oakland Police Department and its reform efforts)
This event is free and open to the public. This event will have closed captioning. If you require an accommodation for effective communication or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Hannah Yung at email@example.com. Please contact us at least 7-10 days in advance of the event, and provide as much advance notice as possible.