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Salt Lake City to host forums on use-of-force issues

Salt Lake City residents are invited to join Mayor Ralph Becker, Police Chief Chris Burbank, experts and community stakeholders for the first of a series of community dialogues on use of force issues.
Salt Lake City residents are invited to join Mayor Ralph Becker, Police Chief Chris Burbank, experts and community stakeholders for the first of a series of community dialogues on use of force issues.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — City residents are invited to join Mayor Ralph Becker, Police Chief Chris Burbank, experts and community stakeholders for the first in a series of community dialogues on use-of-force issues.

The dialogue series will convene interested community members, policymakers and subject matter experts for meaningful discussion of the issues associated with force, and in particular, officer-involved shootings.

The first forum is Wednesday, Feb. 25, 6-8 p.m. in the Tessman Auditorium of the Salt Lake Main Library, 210 E. 400 South.

Read the discussion on use of force on the city's Open City Hall, www.slcgov.com/opencityhall. All forums are free and open to the public.

The forum, "Fair and Equal Treatment," will be moderated by Robert C. Wadman, professor of criminal justice at Weber State University. Panelists include Burbank, Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill, American Civil Liberties Union of Utah Executive Director Karen McCreary, Salt Lake City Civilian Review Board investigator Rick Rasmussen, and National Alliance on Mental Illness Executive Director Jamie Justice.

The second dialogue, "Police Training Curriculum," is March 4, 6-8 p.m. at Sweet Library, 455 F St.

The third dialogue, "Know Your Rights," is March 18, 6-8 p.m., Sorenson Unity Center, 1383 S. 900 West.