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Who Polices the Police? Norm Stamper Wants Us to Evaluate

Who polices the police? According to Norm Stamper, former Seattle police chief, the community. On April 5, at 7:00 p.m. in the SURC Ballroom, Stamper will present “Community Policing in the Age of Police Militarization,” about the importance of community involvement in policing on local, national and global levels. The talk is free and open to the public.

Stamper was a career cop, serving on both the San Diego and Seattle police forces for a total of over 30 years, that stepped down from the position of Seattle Police Chief in 2000 following his hotly contested use of aggressive policing tactics, including tear gas, on protesters at the World Trade Organization riots in 1998.

“For those who've been disturbed by controversial shootings, and/or policing's overly aggressive, militarized response to political protest, or who have been bothered by the tactics of the protestors themselves, the topic couldn't be more relevant,” Stamper said . “A strong, authentic partnership between the community and the police will create safer, healthier neighborhoods, improve officer safety and morale, and help to guarantee constitutional law enforcement.”

Since his retirement, Stamper has advocated for revision in policing, including a reformation to The War on Drugs and a denouncement of increasing police militarization.

This talk is part of the CWU Social Justice and Human Rights Series. This year’s theme, Mass Incarceration and Racial Justice: Black and Brown Lives Do Matter, seeks to educate Central’s community and spark discussions about race and equality.

Stamper’s talk is sponsored by the College of Arts and Humanities, the Department of Law & Justice, Campus Life, the Center for Diversity and Social Justice, Africana and Black Studies, S.I.S.T.E.R.S., Brother to Brother (B2B), The Male Success Initiative and Scholars in Action.

For more information, contact Professor Chuck Reasons at Persons of disability may make arrangements for reasonable accommodation by calling 509-963-1858 or by emailing

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