Police Violence Panel w/Event Video

May 18, 2018

This event took place on May 24, 2018.

If you weren’t able to join us, please find video of the full event, below.

Video courtesy of: Mike McCormick

In commemoration of the one-year anniversary of Charleena Lyles’ death at the hands of Seattle police, a consortium of University of Washington groups and partners, including the UW’s Health Alliance International (HAI), Town Hall Seattle, UW Students of Color Affinity Group, UW Concerned Faculty, UW Department of Global Health, Red May and The Elliott Bay Book Company, organized a panel discussion on Community and Legal Strategies to Stop Police Violence on May 24, 2018.

The event, held at the University of Washington, Seattle, discussed Charleena Lyles’ case from the viewpoint of her family, explored what measures and progress the Seattle police have made in the past year toward addressing police violence, and explored community and legal strategies to stop police violence.

Panelists included:

  • Nakeya Isabell, spoken word artist (and cousin of Charleena Lyles)
  • Katrina Johnson, first cousin of Charleena Lyles and family spokesperson, community activist
  • Jorge Torres, leader of Seattle Black Lives Matter protests
  • Jesse Hagopian, teacher, Seattle’s Garfield High School
  • Norm Stamper, former Seattle Police Chief (1994-2000)
  • Alex Vitale, Professor of Sociology at Brooklyn College
  • David Correia, Associate Professor at University of New Mexico
  • Michele Storms, Deputy Director, American Civil Liberties Union of Washington state (ACLU-WA)

The panel was moderated by Clarence Spigner, faculty of the UW School of Public Health, who teaches on police violence.


“Many professionals in the public health community now argue that aggressive policing and police violence in the U.S. should be considered as urgent public health challenges.”

-James Pfeiffer, Executive Director, Health Alliance International


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