Religious Responsibilities in Confronting Police Brutality

June 10, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

Throughout the United States and in cities across the world thousands have joined protests over the murder of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The protests have called for an end to systemic racism and police brutality. Religious leaders have stepped up in solidarity with these calls, using texts from their faith traditions to oppose violence and oppression of black Americans. Many faith communities are beginning to explore how they might get more involved in preventing excessive use of force by police and reforming the criminal justice system.

In this conversation, faith leaders reflected on how Floyd’s death has influenced their communities. They were joined by religious scholars to discuss the ways in which local police departments interact with religious communities, as well as how religious communities might get involved in demilitarizing and training police. The event built upon a history of faith and criminal justice work and considered what lines of research and practice might prove useful in abolishing the use of excessive force by police.

This event was co-sponsored by Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and the University of Southern California’s Center for Religion and Civic Culture.

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