Violence, Faith, and Policing in Baltimore
In recent years, major cities in America have been torn by strife and violence over issues of crime and police treatment of minority communities. Yet little attention has been paid to the role of faith communities in responding to these crises. Our distinguished panel, featuring Archbishop William E. Lori, Police Commissioner Kevin Davis, and Senior Pastor Sheridan Todd Yeary of Douglas Memorial Community Church, discussed the role of faith in responding to these issues. They focused on their home city of Baltimore, Maryland, one of the areas most affected by crime and rising tensions between police and the wider communities they serve. Byron Johnson, the founding director of Baylor's Institute for Studies of Religion, moderated the conversation.
The panel was co-sponsored by the Berkley Center's Religious Freedom Research Project, Baylor University, George W. Truett Theological Seminary, and DeMatha Catholic High School.