Policing Los Angeles: Race, Resistance, and the Rise of the LAPD” will be the featured speaker at the Sept. 20 program of Conversations on Race and Policing.
The program, free and open to the public, will take place on Zoom beginning at 1 p.m. It can be accessed from a PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android at https://tinyurl.com/csusb-race-policing.
Felker-Kantor completed his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in 2014. His book, “Policing Los Angeles,” according to the publisher’s website, “narrates the dynamic history of policing, anti-police abuse movements, race, and politics in Los Angeles from the 1965 Watts uprising to the 1992 Los Angeles rebellion. Using the explosions of two large-scale uprisings in Los Angeles as bookends, Felker-Kantor highlights the racism at the heart of the city’s expansive police power through a range of previously unused and rare archival sources.”
Conversations on Race and Policing began after the murder of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, and its aftermath. It was the death of Floyd, a Black man, by a white Minneapolis police officer, that sparked widespread protests, calls for reform and revamping of the nation’s policing system, difficult and hard conversations on race and racism – and gave birth to Cal State San Bernardino’s Conversations on Race and Policing, also known as CoRP.
In subsequent court cases, three other former Minneapolis police officers implicated in Floyd’s death were given prison sentences.
The series has featured scholars, journalists, law enforcement officers, lawyers, activists, artists, educators, administrators and others from throughout the nation who shared their experience and expertise on issues related to race and policing.
More than 90 forums have taken place, and video recordings of the sessions are posted online on the Conversations on Race and Policing Lecture Series Archive.
The guest presenters in the upcoming programs of Conversations on Race and Policing, each at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, include:
- Sept. 28: Guesnerth Josué Perea, executive director of the Afrolatin@ Forum
- Oct. 4: Julia Yoo, civil rights attorney at Iredale and Yoo, and author of the Los Angeles Times article, “Opinion: California might have thousands of cops who are unfit to wear a badge. This is why”
- Oct. 18: Marisol LeBrón, associate professor, feminist studies, UC Santa Cruz, author of “Policing Life and Death: Race, Violence, and Resistance in Puerto Rico”
- Oct. 25: Dorothy Roberts, George A. Weiss University Professor of Law and Sociology and the Raymond Pace and Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Professor of Civil Rights at the University of Pennsylvania and author of “Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families--and How Abolition Can Build a Safer World.”
The series is organized by Matt Patino (CSUSB MA candidate); CSUSB faculty members Mary Texeira (sociology) and Jeremy Murray (history); Robie Madrigal, public affairs/communication specialist for the CSUSB John M. Pfau Library; Michael German, fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice; and community member Stan Futch, president of the Westside Action Group.
Also visit the Conversations on Race and Policing webpage.