In July, protestors shut down a freeway in Chicago after police shot and killed Harith Augstus, a barber who allegedly was exhibiting "characteristics of an armed person." Police released a body camera video in an effort to calm the situation, but tensions boiled over due to the lack of trust between police and the community that has been years in the making. Augstus is one of nearly 600 people killed by police this year, an unacceptable number regardless of whether the uses of force were justified. This panel will delve into the challenges of police-community relations in America and whether solutions can be found. Panelists include the head of the Obama Task Force on policing, a nationally renowned researcher, a former civil rights prosecutor, and a community activist.
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