On Tuesday, July 21, 2020, at 6:30 pm central, join Pulitzer Center-supported journalist William Freivogel as he moderates "The Local History of Policing," an online webinar organized by the Missouri Historical Society (MHS). The webinar will examine the relationship between racism and criminal justice, opening with a brief history of the police system in St. Louis, including connections to the Civil War, followed by a panel of law enforcement and legal experts.
Looking through both personal and academic lenses, the panel will explore how racism has impacted policing and criminal justice up to the present. In addition to Freivogel, the panel includes Missouri State Rep. Alan K. Green, a Democrat who represents parts of Saint Louis County; Roger Goldman, professor emeritus at Saint Louis University Law; and Sgt. Donnell Walters of the City of St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department (SLMPD). Freivogel also is a professor at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, a graduate of Washington University Law School and on the Pulitzer Center's Campus Consortium Advisory Council.
This webinar is part of MHS's "How Did We Get Here?," an ongoing series by the organization's African American History Initiative (AAHI) covering race, anti-blackness, and identity. Established in 2015, AAHI uses history to promote greater cultural understanding and collaborative efforts to strengthen community ties.