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SANTA CLARA– Screening of THE FORCE at the 49ers Museum
February 15, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pmFree
SANTA CLARA– Recent events in Ferguson, Baton Rouge, Dallas and other cities across the country have brought a national spotlight to the reality of community-police mistrust. Emerging movements have presented a variety of community-based narratives for response that are rooted in seeking accountability through protest. Meanwhile, local police departments have discussed new training tactics, equipment and strategies to avert misconduct and excessive use of force.
Neither of these two responses, alone, is positioned to effectively address the widespread trust deficit that preceded the current fallout. Failure to attend to the root causes of this broken trust increases the likelihood that the chasm will only deepen and widen as time goes on and more flashpoint scenarios play themselves out. Because many of the communities least trustful of law enforcement are also experiencing drastic levels of crime and violence, the reality of mistrust can lessen their participation with local law enforcement and even cause some community members to take the law into their own hands. Both sides yearn for safety. Neither side finds relief.
We gather to screen the California Humanities-supported film THE FORCE, an award-winning documentary on the Oakland Police Department that highlights the conversation around police-community relations. Following the screening, we will engage in a Town Hall with community, law enforcement, and academic leaders around how we create a shared future, together.
For more information around this partnership work, visit https://www.trustthroughreform.com/