Council Town Hall on Investing in Violence Prevention
A virtual town hall focused on investing in Violence Prevention
Councilmember Mitchell J. Brown
Dr. David Kennedy, National Network for Safe Communities
George Speaks, Deputy Director of Public Safety
Thursday, January 14, 2021
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City Council announced a series of town hall discussions to gain further insight into reimagining safety in the capital City. Each forum features subject-matter experts leading the conversation and opportunities for public dialogue.
“Our community is facing multiple crises at the onset of 2021 including a deadly pandemic, its impacts on the economy, violence in our neighborhoods, and mental health and addiction crises we have battled for years,” said Councilmember Mitchell J. Brown. “In this challenging time, it is vital that City Council continue to think critically and innovatively to ensure our public safety resources meet the needs of the residents they serve.”
In 2020, Council began the initial phase of reform with the passage of a comprehensive legislative safety package, which included independent investigations into lethal force, demilitarization of police, limiting no-knock raids and instituting background checks for hate-group affiliation. This series continues the ongoing deliberations of the City's Operating Budget.
Any resident seeking to provide written or live testimony via WebEx during the virtual hearing must submit their intention using the following link. Requests must be entered by 2pm on the day of the event. Ten speakers will be heard per town hall, with remarks limited to three minutes or less. There will be audience engagement activities during the town hall events.
The town hall will be streamed on Council's Facebook page and the City of Columbus YouTube channel.