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Saturday, February 3 • 11:30am - 12:15pm
Top cops talk police reform

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In August of 2014, a young man named Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, sparking widespread unrest and a national reckoning with the troubled relationship between police and communities of color. Numerous other deaths, many of them caught on cellphone video, have revealed an epidemic of police violence against African Americans, and a system that has turned some urban areas into oppressive police states. (Seattle's police department has been under federal supervision since 2012, when an investigation found excessive use of force and evidence of racial bias in police practices.)

Crosscut City Reporter David Kroman talks to the police leaders who are trying to change that. We’ll hear from Delrish Moss, who took over as Ferguson’s police chief in 2016; Anne Kirkpatrick, a former police chief in Ellensburg, Federal Way and Spokane who has been charged with reforming the Oakland, Calif., police department; and former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, now a national voice in the effort to reform police policy and practices across the country. 

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David Kroman (Moderator)

David Kroman is the city reporter for Crosscut, where he writes about politics, police and anything else he finds interesting. After three years with Crosscut, he's still a relative newcomer to journalism: It’s the only job he’s ever had as a reporter. In 2016, he was the Wes... Read More →
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Carmen Best

Carmen Best is Seattle's interim Chief of Police.
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Anne Kirkpatrick

Anne Kirkpatrick is the police chief of Oakland. Chief Kirkpatrick served as Chief of Police for the Washington cities of Spokane, Federal Way and Ellensburg over 15 years of her career. She also held the post of Chief Deputy in King County, Washington.Most recently, she joined the Chicago Police Department as Chief of the Bureau of Organizational Development. Kirkpatrick was responsible for the Chicago Police Academy and all police training, Policy and Research Development, and the Integrity and Stop Data... Read More →
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Norm Stamper

Norm Stamper was a police officer for 34 years, the first 28 in San Diego, the last six (1994-2000) as Seattle’s Chief of Police. He is the author of two books: Breaking Rank: A Top Cop’s Exposé of the Dark Side of American Policing (2005) and To Protect and Serve: How to Fi... Read More →