Issues within the Criminal Justice System: A Day for Learning and Speaking Out

An African-American Pittsburgher who is paralyzed after being shot by a police officer and Pittsburgh's chief of police will discuss race and criminal justice together.

The session is part of Duquesne University's annual Day for Learning and Speaking Out, which explores current events and race. Started through the University's Center for Community-Engaged Teaching and Research, the conversation in its second year will focus on Issues within the Criminal Justice System. The daylong event on Tuesday, March 15, will be in Duquesne's Power Center Ballroom.

Special guests Leon Ford Jr., who was paralyzed after being shot by a Pittsburgh officer during a traffic stop, and Pittsburgh Chief of Police Cameron McLay will seek common ground at the complicated intersection of race and criminal justice during the Elsinore Bennu Common Ground Gathering from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Dr. Norman Conti, associate professor of sociology who collaborates in The Elsinore Bennu Think Tank with inmates of the State Correctional Institution at Pittsburgh, will moderate.

While some events at the 2016 Day for Learning and Speaking Out are designed only for Duquesne faculty and students, sessions open to the public at the Power Center location are:

10 to 11 a.m., Lethal Force in Policing


  • Dr. Ann Stuart, assistant professor of occupational therapy
  • Dr. Matthew Schneirov, associate professor of sociology
  • Dr. Anna Floerke Scheid, assistant professor of theology
  • Jeff Mallory, director of the Office of Multicultural Affairs
  • Moderated by Dr. Kathy Glass, associate professor of English.

11 a.m. to noon, We All Could Be Kings, Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline?


  • Dr. Jacqueline Roebuck Sakho, post-doctoral fellow, Canevin Center for Educational Transformation and Social Justice
  • Tiffany Sizemore-Thompson, assistant clinical professor of law.

1 to 2 p.m., The Developing Picture of Police Body Cameras on Sentencing and Re-Entry


  • John Rago, associate professor of law
  • Tracey McCants Lewis, assistant clinical professor of law.

2 to 2:35 p.m., Citizen Involvement and Engaging with Police-A Workshop


  • Students Margaret McGannon, School of Law, and Remi Annuziata, Graduate Center for Social and Public Policy.

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