‘Close to Home: Comprehending Community/Police Tension in Charlotte’ panel discussion set for Wednesday, Sept. 28

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A campus-wide discussion, “Close to Home: Comprehending Community/Police Tension in Charlotte,” is set for 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is required for anyone outside the Wake Forest University community here. It will also be live webcast here. The panel discussion will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. followed by a student leadership roundtable and small group discussions. The event is co-sponsored by the Criminal Justice Program, Black Law Students Association (BLSA), the American Ethnic Studies Program and the Wake Forest Sociology Department.

The discussion will focus on recent events of police brutality and public unrest including last week’s police shooting in Charlotte and the subsequent riots.

“Our discussion will be led by a panel of academic scholars, attorneys and law enforcement personnel who seek to provide and facilitate the inclusion of varying perspectives about the underlying causes of unrest in Charlotte,” explains Professor Kami Chavis, director of the Criminal Justice Program, who will act as the moderator for the event.

The confirmed panelists  are:
  • Assistant Chief Catrina Thompson, Winston-Salem Police Department
  • Professor Ronald Wright, Wake Forest Law
  • Professor Shannon Gilreath, Wake Forest Law
  • Professor Hana Brown, Wake Forest Sociology Department
  • Professor Derek Hicks, Wake Forest School of Divinity
  • Professor Ronald Neal, Wake Forest Department of the Study of Religion

Light refreshments will be served.

Dean Suzanne Reynolds (JD ’77) writes, “Let’s support each other in the pain of this moment in our nation’s history and re-dedicate ourselves to addressing the systemic problems that have brought us here.”


The panel was reviewed in the Winston-Salem Chronicle article, “Students Ask: What’s the next step?” published on Oct. 6, 2016.