Law enforcement and racial justice is a hot topic in the nation following last summer’s events in Feguson, Missouri and Staten Island, New York. That's why the ACLU of Indiana is sponsoring a First Wednesdays panel discussion at Butler University.
The discussion, titled “What Would Ovid Butler Do? Today’s Movement for Better Policing and Racial Justice,” will take place at Butler University and reflect on the life and legacy of the university’s namesake while exploring the issue of law enforcement and racial justice.
Ovid Butler was a lawyer, journalist and abolitionist who founded the private university over 160 years ago. He was known for believing in the principles of diversity, inclusivity, stewardship and equality. With his legacy in mind, a panel of experts will explore several present day questions. What would Butler and other abolitionists make of the current relationships between communities and their police forces across the country? How does Indianapolis measure up to other cities? What can we do to make sure we never become another Ferguson?
The panel of experts exploring these questions will include ACLU of Indiana Staff Attorney Kelly R. Eskew; Butler University Public Safety Director Benjamin Hunter (a former IPD officer and current member of the Indianapolis City-County Council); Regina Marsh, Executive Director, Forest Manor Multi-Service Center and Monica Solinas-Saunders, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Indiana University Northwest.
The ACLU has held First Wednesdays in Indianapolis since 2006. Last year the organization began hosting the discussion around the state. The First Wednesdays schedule is available on their website at aclu-in.org.