Focus On Law and Order: Building Bridges, Mending Communities

Focus On Law and Order: Building Bridges, Mending Communities

Equality, justice and community trust... We opened up an unprecedented dialogue seeking to increase understanding & build trust. Watch and tweet with us live using @UNCTV & #NCIssues this Wed, Sept. 9th, at 8PM during the broadcast premiere to add your voice to the conversation. Details:

Posted by UNC-TV on Sunday, September 6, 2015

Focus On Law and Order: Building Bridges, Mending Communities
Broadcast Premiere Wednesday September 9, 2015 at 8PM

Join UNC-TV’s Deborah Holt Noel and Mitchell Lewis for Focus On Law and Order: Building Bridges, Mending Communities, a conversation between the community and persons sworn to protect and serve them. This free town hall discussion was recorded at the Carolina Theatre of Durham Monday August 24, 2015 and aired on UNC-TV Wednesday September 9, 2015 at 8PM.
Around the country, and here at home, trust between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve has been fractured. In recent high profile incidents—namely in Ferguson, Baltimore, New York City, McKinney, Houston, and even right here in Charlotte—police action against unarmed African-American citizens has led to questionable death, injury, or imprisonment, inciting public outcries about fairness, justice, racism, and violence. Statistical reports to support just about any argument have abounded, but both law enforcement and community residents say what is needed is an open honest conversation where both sides feel heard and understood.  
UNC-TV presents this edition of Focus On to bring the conversation to a statewide viewing audience. This unprecedented dialogue features a panel of leaders from area law enforcement and community representatives seeking to share experiences and information to increase understanding and build trust.

  1. Christopher Blue — Chief of Police, Chapel Hill Police Department
  2. Steven Combs — Director, Criminal Justice Training and Standards Division, North Carolina Department of Justice
  3. Rep. Edward Hanes, Jr. — Forsyth County (D)
  4. Jose L. Lopez, Sr. — Chief of Police, Durham Police Department
  5. Travis Mitchell — President at Communities In Schools Wake County, Education Advocate, Marketing & Communications Professional
  6. Wayne Scott — Chief of Police, Greensboro Police Department
  7. Nia Wilson — Director, Spirit House in Durham

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