Open Forum on Ferguson
Posted By Kevin R. Johnson, Dec 2, 2014
The School of Law today held a public forum of students, faculty, staff, and deans on the recent events in Ferguson, Missouri. The open dialogue was masterfully facilitated by Professor Gabriel "Jack" Chin and was co-sponsored by the Aoki Center for Critical Race & Nation Studies and student organizations including Asian Pacific American Law Students Association, Black Law Students Association, Filipino Law Students Association, La Raza Law Students Association, and the National Lawyers Guild. Professor Chin began by laying out some background on prosecutorial discretion, grand juries, and claims of police brutality. The active audience asked questions and commented on the grand jury’s decision in failing to indict the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown. Professor Chin provided many insights and helped lead a tremendously constructive discussion of some incredibly difficult issues. Issues of race, class, police “culture,” and legal reforms all came out in the discussion. Thanks to everyone, especially Professor Chin, for participating in a respectful and thoughtful discussion of a major public controversy.