Activists and Police: A Troubled History


Activists and police share a troubled—and troubling—history, from the civil rights movement to today. In 2020, we witnessed the largest outpouring of political protest in this country’s history, most of it by anti-racist organizers demonstrating against the shooting of unarmed Black citizens. While a Princeton University study found that 93% of protests in 2020 associated with Black Lives Matter were peaceful, it found that 54% of law enforcement responses to BLM protests by contrast used force.

How does history help explain this disproportionate use of force by law enforcement and how can we change this? How can we make sense of police’s very different response to rioters who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6? And how have law enforcement historically used surveillance and tools other than physical force to undermine movements for racial justice?

Join us as three of Baltimore’s leading thinkers and activists on police accountability share their perspectives: Senator Jill Carter, Real News Network executive producer and former Black Panther Eddie Conway, and Organizing Black deputy director Ralikh Hayes.

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