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Hands up, don’t shoot

The Utah Criminal Justice Center presents a series of conversations titled, “UCJC Dare to Care.”

The first conversation is titled, “‘Hands Up, Don’t Shoot:’ Police Violence, Race, and Transforming the Criminal Legal System.” It will be held on Tuesday, July 21, 2020, from 12-1:30 p.m.

During the webinar, Jennifer Cobbina, associate professor at the Michigan State University School of Criminal Justice, will present the scholarship from her book, “Hands Up, Don’t Shoot: Why the Protests in Ferguson and Baltimore Matter and How They Changed America.”

In her book, Cobbina examined how Ferguson and Baltimore residents understood their experiences with the police and the impact those experiences had on their perceptions of the police; what galvanized Black Lives Matter as a social movement and how policing tactics during demonstrations influenced subsequent mobilization decisions among protestors.

Following the presentation, Cobbina will engage in a discussion with the following:

  • Jojo Liu, director of the Salt Lake County Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice Initiatives and director of the Criminal Justice Advisory Council
  • Marlon Lynch, University of Utah chief safety officer
  • Jessica Waters, social work director for the Salt Lake City Police Department’s Community Connections Team
  • Moderated by Emily Salisbury, director of the Utah Criminal Justice Center

Please register in advance for this free event here. The link for the presentation will be emailed the day before the event.

Media Contacts

Jennifer Nozawapublic relations specialist, University of Utah College of Social Work