On March 19, 2021, Renne Public Law Group (RPLG), in partnership with the Institute for Local Government (ILG), hosted the second session in a six-week Public Safety Reform and Innovation Webinar Series. This session, moderated by RPLG Senior Associate Jamal H. Anderson, focused on Use-of-Force Policies and Police Oversight Models, and featured Civil Rights Attorney John Burris, San Francisco Police Commissioner Petra DeJesus, and Captain Spencer Fomby, Director of the Boise Police Department Training, Education and Development Division.
“George Floyd was killed almost one year ago and it is critically important that we continue the forward momentum towards reform,” Jamal said. “Many individuals and entities across the country are still grappling with how to move forward, particularly around complex issues like use-of-force policies and police oversight models. My hope is that our panelists, with their deep knowledge and expertise, provided food for thought that will encourage people to continue moving forward.”
During the session, panelists explored the importance of broadening conversations about the use-of-force beyond those interactions that result in death to include more routine interactions between law enforcement officers and the public. The panelists also highlighted the need for improved officer training, better collaboration and communication between those most interested in reform, and the creation of police oversight bodies that are transparent, legitimate and fully resourced.
The recorded webinar is available for viewing in full here.