Town Hall Targets Profiling, Police Brutality

The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation will prioritize racial profiling, police brutality, and other discriminatory practices in the criminal justice system at its 45th Annual Legislative Conference on Sept. 17.

“The headlines are too often dominated with stories of deadly encounters between African Americans and those who are sworn to protect and serve,” A. Shuanise Washington, president and chief executive officer of the CBCF said in a statement. “The National Town Hall provides a platform to explore solution-orientated policies to solidify and secure equal rights and protections for all people.”

African Americans make up 50 percent of those incarcerated for low-level drug crimes, according to the Sentencing Project. Black children are ten times more likely to be arrested for drugs compared to white children.

The National Town Hall panel will address the over-representation of African Americans in the penal system, and the new movement for social and criminal justice reform.

Roland Martin of TV One will moderate the panel, which will feature Congressional Black Caucus Chairman, Rep. G.K. Butterfield Jr., Rep. Elijah Cummings, Rep. Shelia Jackson-Lee, Judge Greg Mathis, and Alicia Garza, co-founder of #BlackLivesMatter, among others.

The Town Hall will take place in Washington, D.C. at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

For more information or to register for the ALC, visit