National conference on race and policing at UC

UC hosts national conference on race and policing

UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS, OH (FOX19) - National experts and Cincinnati's newest police chief will discuss race and policing in a conference at the University of Cincinnati Friday.

The two-day event also includes a keynote speech and lunch Saturday with Valerie Lemmie, Cincinnati's city manager during the 2001 riots following the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black teen.

The event kicks off at 12:30 p.m. Friday in the Tangeman University Center.

Topics for the conference include: Institutional racism, law enforcement and representation, racial profiling, the state of police community relations,  policing black girls and women's bodies, and immigration policy.

This conference is being held against the backd rop of the ongoing Sam DuBose case, in which former UC police officer, Ray Tensing, 26, now faces charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter.

Tensing shot DuBose, 43, during a July 19 traffic stop. UC announced he was fired the same day Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced his indictment.

Tensing has pleaded not guilty and a police union has appealed for him to get his job back.

UC has taken several steps to reform campus policing and recently settled a lawsuit with DuBose's family for $5.3 million.

Charles Jones, a UC political science professor, worked with several other academics to bring this conference to campus.

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