Expert panel seeks to educate law enforcement while bridging the communications gap

(BALTIMORE – September 15, 2016) On Wednesday, September 21, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Health and Human Services Building (Room #103) at Coppin State University, experts and advocates for people dealing with disabilities will host a community conversation entitled:

‘How Misunderstanding People w/Disabilities can lead to Police Violence’

This expert panel, moderated by WEAA’s own Marc Steiner, will include leaders from organizations who advocate on behalf of and assist people with disabilities on a daily basis, such as the Arc Baltimore, Md. Behavioral Health Administration and more. Also included on this robust panel is former Baltimore City Police Commissioner and the chief of Coppin State University’s Police, Leonard Hamm, along with an invitation for current BCPD Commissioner Kevin Davis to join these experts in this overdue dialogue.

“Over the past several years, data shows that the encounters of law enforcement and people with disabilities has taken an unnecessary violent turn for the worst, and that’s largely because of a lack of understanding and sensitivity training on behalf of law enforcement,” says Curtis Black, one of the event organizers. “We have to do better as a community in order to protect the rights, liberties and lives of those with disabilities.”

WHAT:   How Misunderstanding People with Disabilities leads to Violence

WHEN:   Wednesday, September 21, 20016 ~ from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

WHERE:   Coppin State University ~ Health & Human Services Building, (Rm. #103)

WHO:  Sponsored by the Coppin State’s College of Behavioral/Social Sciences

Panelists Include: Dawn Davis-Brodeur – Director of Training, Arc Baltimore
Virginia Knowlton Marcus – E.D., Disability Rights Md.
Anastasia Edmonston – Md. Behavioral Health Admin.
Poetri Deal – Director of Public Policy, Arc Baltimore

WHY:  Community outreach & education on this important topic/community