A Forum on Community Police Relations
Saturday April 29th
Resource Center for Nonviolence:
612 Ocean Street
How do police officers and community members forge an authentic partnership in policing the city?
How do police officers and residents of Santa Cruz build trust and mutual respect?
How can police oversight agencies be used to increase transparency and accountability of law enforcement?
Join the Santa Cruz Chapter of the ACLU of Northern California for a community conversation and panel discussion about oversight of the police and the contributions of a citizen review board. The panel includes Norm Stamper, Samara Marion, Sandy Brown, & John Malkin.
Norm Stamper was a police officer for 34 years. He came to national attention as the Chief of the Seattle Police Department during the WTO Protest, aka ‘the Battle in Seattle’. His regrets about the handling of the protesters ultimately resulted in his resignation. He is the author of two books on police reform. His commitment to social justice has shaped an agenda to end the drug war, abolish the death penalty, drive out bigotry and brutality from the criminal justice system, develop broad respect and support for law enforcement and reject mass incarceration. Chief Stamper is a frequent guest on Democracy Now, appears at the CATO Institute, and recently spoke at the Invisible Institute and Chicago Law School.
Samara Marion is a staff attorney for the San Francisco Department of Police Accountability (formerly the Office of Citizen Complaints), a civilian-run city agency that investigates complaints involving the San Francisco Police Department. She has written and negotiated new SFPD police procedures on a variety of topics including use of force, language access, juvenile policing protocols, officer-involved shootings, and biased policing. Before moving to San Francisco, she was a 15 year veteran of Santa Cruz County public defender office who worked to establish a the Santa Cruz Citizen Police Review Board.
Sandy Brown is a current Santa Cruz City Council. She is also a former member of the Citizens Police Review Board that existed in Santa Cruz from 1994-2003. She has a Bachelor’s in politics, from UC Santa Cruz and a PhD in geography from UC Berkeley.
John Malkin helped start the now-defunct Santa Cruz Citizens’ Police Review Board (CPRB) and served on the Board from 1995 to 1997. For over 20 years he’s been a radio and print journalist including local and national investigative journalism focusing on police accountability, surveillance and civil rights.
This forum is part of a weekend-long collaboration between
Santa Cruz ACLU, Veterans For Peace, Reel Work Labor Film Festival.
For an opportunity to hear more from Norm Stamper, join us for Do Not Resist, a film about militarization of the police, showing at the Nick,
Sunday April 30th at 11 am.