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News Posted on June 5, 2020

UC Davis Law holds virtual public forum on police violence, race, and protests

On June 3, in the midst of nationwide protests prompted by the tragic killings of George FloydBreonna TaylorAhmaud Arbery and other black men and women, UC Davis School of Law held the virtual public forum “Police Violence, Race, and Protest.”

More than 175 people, including King Hall students, faculty, staff and alumni, came online to express their grief and sadness regarding the most recent examples of systemic violence toward people of color, and discuss what the King Hall community can do to move the fight for justice forward.

Students and others made thoughtful suggestions, from enhancing critical race theory in the 1L curriculum to holding more public lectures featuring people of color who have been directly affected by the criminal justice system. Dean Kevin R. Johnson said UC Davis Law will introduce a speaker series focused on racial justice in 2020-21.

After the forum, Dean Johnson followed up with a list of resources that had been generated by the forum's participants. To add resources to this list, contact Senior Assistant Dean for Student Affairs Emily Scivoletto,

Resources for Racial Trauma

Action and Education

Policing Reform

The King Hall forum was part of a larger campus effort this week that included a moment of silence June 4, the same day as Floyd’s memorial service in Minneapolis. Floyd was killed on Memorial Day while in the custody of Minneapolis police. One officer has been charged with second-degree murder, and three others with aiding and abetting murder, in Floyd's death.