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Matt Bach
Director of Media Relations
Michigan Municipal League
(734) 669-6317; C: (810) 874-1073;


Forum on Race and Law Enforcement in Urban Communities Set for April 8 in Southfield

Free Event Sponsored by Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials

SOUTHFIELD, Michigan — Race relations have taken on a heightened seriousness in recent months with high-profile cases of police incidents involving African-American men and women.

The forum taking place next month in Southfield will explore the causes and offer some solutions to improving the relationship between law enforcement and the African-American community. The event will tackle a variety of issues and lessons, including racial profiling, stop and frisk laws, community policing, mental health-related issues, domestic violence, and mass incarceration and deportation.

The “Race and Law Enforcement in the Urban Community” forum is 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8, at the Lawrence Technological University, College of Architecture & Design Auditorium, 21000 W. 10 Mile Road, Southfield, 48075. View the official flyer here.

The event is free and open to all, but pre-registration is required to determine the number of lunches to provide. Go here for the registration form: You can also register online here.

“Everyone is welcome to attend,” said MBC-LEO President Lois Allen-Richardson, Ypsilanti city councilmember. “We are really hoping for a great turnout for this event and the more diverse audience we have the better the discussion.”

The event is sponsored by the Michigan Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (MBC-LEO, and is second in a series of forums that will examine different aspects of race relations in Michigan, Allen-Richardson said.

“Michigan has not had some of the higher profile incidents that other states have been faced with, but that doesn’t mean we should turn a blind-eye to it or that it’s not happening in our communities. It is happening,” Allen-Richardson said. “It’s an issue that’s been around for so long that it needs to be addressed.”

The first forum on the topic took place in Saginaw in 2015 and was very successful. Speakers planned for the Southfield event include Southfield Police Chief Eric Hawkins; Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard; Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton; Oak Park Director of Public Safety Steve Cooper; Michigan State Police Lt. Calvin Hart; Highland Park Police Chief Chester Logan; Farmington Hills Police Chief Chuck Nebus; Robert Stevenson, executive director of the Michigan Association of Police Chiefs; and Timothy Evans Sr., associate director of REAL with the National League of Cities.

Event supporting sponsors are the Michigan Municipal League, the City of Southfield, Lawrence Tech, Comcast, Siemens, Plante Moran, OHM, Hubbell, Roth, & Clark Inc., Michigan Association of Chiefs of Police, Meadowbrook Insurance Group, the Michigan Municipal League Liability and Property Pool, and AKT Peerless.

For additional information contact the League’s Matt Bach, director of media relations, at (734) 669-6317 (office) and

MBC-LEO was created to provide a forum for its members to collaborate, network, coach, mentor, share information, and provide support to one another in the state of Michigan. The Caucus works in cooperation with the Michigan Municipal League (MML). Membership of MBC-LEO is comprised of local elected officials and municipal staff members and associates in the state of Michigan.

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