Bringing together various viewpoints in the debate over the use of force by police and the impact of race on police tactics, Professor David Yamada and the Suffolk Law student journal Bearing Witness are hosting a Q&A discussion, "Ferguson, MO: Can it Happen Here?" on Tuesday, November 18, from 5:30-7:00, in the law school’s first floor Function Room.

The panelists are:

  • Brian Kyes, Chief of Police, City of Chelsea
  • Horace Small, Executive Director, Union of Minority Neighborhoods, Boston
  • Carlton Williams, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Massachusetts
  • Gia Barboza, Assistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Northeastern University
Ferguson, MO, a suburb of St. Louis, is preparing for a grand jury decision on whether to indict the police officer who fatally shot an unarmed black man in August, sparking months of protests.The panelists will discuss whether a situation like the one in Ferguson could happen here, the impact of the history of race relations in Boston on a Ferguson-like scenario, the relationship between police and the citizenry in Boston, and what can be done to prevent a similar situation from happening here.