‘Empowering People’ community forum cancelled

The following event has been cancelled. Click on the following link for the complete press release from the Columbia Police Department.

Mizzou Law, the Middleton Center for Race, Citizenship, and Justice and the Columbia Police Department will host a community forum “Empowering People” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 22 at Jesse Hall Auditorium on the University Missouri campus. The discussion will focus on how the prosecution process works, and the State v. Derek Chauvin trial.

The panelists will be Rodney Uphoff, Elwood L. Thomas Missouri Endowed Professor Emeritus of Law, Lieutenant Michael Hestir of the Columbia Police Department, Niya Young, president, Black Law Student Association, and Rev. James Gray, community leader and activist in Columbia. The panel moderator will be S. David Mitchell, Ruth L. Hulston Professor of Law and Co-Director of the Middleton Center for Race, Citizenship, and Justice.

The community is invited to engage in conversations that will allow them to gain an understanding of the prosecution and criminal processes in a safe space. Information will also be provided about the legal definitions related to the laws that are being used by the prosecuting attorney against former police officer Derek Chauvin in Minneapolis.

Panelists will be available for a Q & A session with audience members following their presentation. Participants and groups are encouraged to submit questions prior to the event to cpdforums@como.gov.

Space is limited to 200 people. Registration is required by completing this registration form. Social distancing and masks are required upon entering the venue.