U. of C. Law School to examine police relationship with youth

Staff Writer

The University of Chicago Law School will host a conference addressing the relationship between the police and the public it protects.

The Youth/Police Conference hopes to continue the ongoing conversation about how the police interact with African American youth in urban America.

The scheduled list of speakers includes Hyde Park residents, including students from Hyde Park Academy, professors from the University of Chicago and Experimental Station employees, among others.

The list of speakers includes current police chiefs from Tampa and Richmond, Calif. It also includes retired officers from Chicago, Denver and New York.

No currently serving University of Chicago Police Department or Chicago Police Department representatives are listed on the conference schedule.

UCPD came under fire from Hyde Park residents last fall for behavior some said was racist and too focused on African American young men.

At a public meeting in October, hosted by the Invisible Institute, residents told stories of being routinely and needlessly stopped by the UCPD. Others expressed fear that UCPD is profiling young African American men, which they said can be damaging to the wellbeing of the neighborhood.

The two-day conference includes six panels. Panelists include scholars, officers, students, policymakers, advocates, judges and Hyde Parkers.

The panels will be moderated by U. of C. Institute of Politics Executive Director Steve Edwards, and Invisible Institute founder Jamie Kalven.
Registration is free and open to any interested party.

The conference will be held from 2 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Friday, April 24, with a reception to follow, and 9 a.m.-3:45 p.m., Saturday, April 25, at the U. of C. Law School, 111 E. 60th St. Register online at www.law.uchicago.edu/youth-police/registration.