The spring and summer of 2020 sparked a national call for a reimagining of how law enforcement is conducted and what we all accept as the core aspects of policing, as well as for how it is planned and funded as part of healthy state and local community budgeting. While the wide-spread demand for a reassessment of community priorities with respect to the role of law enforcement versus other social agencies, and the understanding of the connection between law enforcement and systems that uphold white supremacy, are relatively nascent for many Americans, this new recognition of truths long-known to people of color in America echoes a long-term tension between law enforcement and LGBTQ+ advocates. From illegal bar raids to unequal enforcement of public decency laws to “walking while trans” arrests, LGBTQ+ people have been inequitably targeted by police for decades. This panel will assess the ways in which law enforcement overreach has harmed both communities of color and LGBTQ+ communities, and the substantial harms done where those communities overlap. The panel will spend time discussing what “reimagining policing” could look like, and what considerations policymakers need to take into account for maximum equity. Moderated by Karen DeMeola.
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