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

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.

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Professor Kami Chavis discusses legal standard for excessive force in New York Times

Professor Kami Chavis, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program and associate dean for research and public engagement, is quoted in the following original story, “What We Know About the Details of the Police Shooting in Charlottte,” written by Richard Fausset and Alan Blinder and published in The New York Times on Sept. 25, 2016. Continue reading the main story

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The fatal police shooting of Keith Lamont Scott here on Tuesday afternoon has sparked outrage and concern, and set off, once again, a national conversation about the treatment of minorities by the police. The details of the case have also been a source of intense debate. Here are some questions that readers have asked reporters at The New York Times since Mr. Scott’s death.

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Criminal Justice Program hosts Josh Horwitz, executive director of Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 18

The Criminal Justice Program will host Josh Horwitz, the executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence and the Educational Fund to Stop Gun Violence, at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The event is free and open to the public. Those who can’t be present but wish to access his presentation via live webcast can do so here http://go.wfu.edu/g42

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Professor Kami Chavis calls for calm as well as change in police culture in light of Charlotte protests over police shooting

Kami Chavis, a Professor of Law and Director of the Criminal Justice Program at Wake Forest Law, is speaking out about the protests that broke out Tuesday in Charlotte injuring about a dozen police officers. The protests were a direct response to the fatal shooting of 43-year-old Keith Lamont Scott by a black police officer at an apartment complex on the city’s northeast side, according to media reports including MSN News.

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Professor Kami Chavis quoted in Slate magazine regarding the family of Sandra Bland’s wrongful death settlement

Professor Kami Chavis is quoted in the article, “The Family of Sandra Bland Reaches a Remarkable Settlement in Wrongful Death Suit,” written by By Leon Neyfakh of Slate magazine.

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Professor Kami Chavis speaks at Wake Forest Fall Leadership Summit on Thursday, Sept. 8

Professor Kami Chavis, Associate Dean for Research and Public Engagement and Director of the Criminal Justice Program, spoke at Wake Forest University’s Fall Leadership Summit on Thursday, Sept. 8, in the Graylyn Estate’s Mews Conference Room.
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Professor Kami Chavis featured in Time magazine about why police departments don’t always release body cam footage

Associate Dean of Research and Engagement Kami Chavis, founder and director of the Criminal Justice Program, is featured in the following story by Time magazine’s  about “Why Police Departments Don’t Always Release Body Cam Footage” published on Aug. 17, 2016.

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Professor Kami Chavis calls Justice Department report findings regarding Baltimore Police ‘appalling’

Associate Dean of Research and Engagement Kami Chavis, founder and director of the Criminal Justice Program, is quoted in the following Wall Street Journal story that was published on Aug. 11, 2016, regarding the U.S. Justice Department’s report criticizing the Baltimore Police Department.

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Criminal Justice Program, Ban the Box present ‘We Are All Criminals’ Director Emily Baxter on Wednesday, Nov. 2

Emily Baxter, the director of the documentary film project “We Are All Criminals,” a project that examines the impact of criminal records on our lives, will share her findings with law students at noon Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in the Worrell Professional Center, Room 1312. The presentation begins at 12 p.m. and is sponsored by the Criminal Justice Program and the Pro Bono Project’s Ban the Box Initiative, which aims to convince businesses to refrain from inquiring about felonies on employee job applications.

After sharing her documentary project, Baxter will meet with student leaders interested in criminal justice issues.

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Professor Kami Chavis discusses police accountability in Christian Science Monitor article regarding developments in Freddie Gray cases

Professor Kami Chavis, director of the law school’s Criminal Justice Program, was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor article, “Freddie Gray cases: no convictions, but a lesson,” published by Henry Gass on July 27, 2016.  The article, which follows, was posted on Yahoo! News in the entry, “In Baltimore, a lesson for rebuilding trust in police.”

Additionally, Professor Chavis was quoted in the Christian Science Monitor article, “Texas cop says prosecutors silenced him about Sandra Bland case,” published by Max Lewontin on July 29, 2016.

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