Thacher to Moderate Panel on Cincinnati Police Reforms

Thacher to Moderate Panel on Cincinnati Police Reforms 

David Thacher, Associate Professor of Urban Planning and Public Policy, will moderate a panel on Cincinnati police reform on February 22, 2016, at the Ford School of Public Policy. The panel, titled 21st Century Policing: Lessons from Cincinnati, is part of the University of Michigan Martin Luther King, Jr. Symposium programming. 

21st Century Policing: Lessons from Cincinnati addresses the crisis in police reform brought on by recent events in Ferguson, MO.; Cleveland; Baltimore and Chicago. The discussion involves some of the key participants in Cincinnati’s reforms to weigh in on the newly adopted approach to policing. The panelists will address the lessons of Cincinnati and how they might relate to communities in Southeast Michigan, joined in discussion by a leader from the Detroit Police Department. 

Thacher will moderate alongside Reuben Miller, Assistant Professor of Social Work.

Panelists include:

Rev. Damon Lynch III, New Prospect Baptist Church, Cincinnati, OH. Community activist and former President of the Cincinnati Black United Front, which led the class action lawsuit against the Cincinnati Police Department.
James Whalen, former Assistant Chief, Cincinnati Police Department. Public Safety Director, University of Cincinnati.
Saul A. Green (BA ’69, JD ’72), independent federal monitor who oversaw implementation of the Cincinnati reforms. Litigation and Trial Group, Miller Canfield.
Professor John Eck (MPP ’77), University of Cincinnati. Academic consultant for the reforms.
James White, Assistant Chief, Detroit Police Department
The panel will be streamed live on the event page. To view, and for more information, visit:


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