The 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, D.C. (The 100) is hosting a panel discussion which will focus on promoting stronger relationships and understanding between the police and the African-American community. Our panelists, consisting of seasoned law professionals and community stakeholders, will take questions from the audience on subjects including, but not limited to, the following:

 

  • Successful and unsuccessful strategies for citizen – police officer interaction;
  • What happens after an arrest;
  • What happens before, during, and after an encounter with the criminal justice system;
  • What policies are and should be implemented to improve police – community relations; and
  • How the public can assist in improving police – community relations.

 

This event will be held on September 8th from 6-8pm at the Barry Farms Recreational Center (1230 Sumner Road, SE DC). It will be open to the public; approximately 150 high school and college students are also scheduled to attend.

 

 

ABOUT OUR PANELISTS

 

Assistant Chief of Police Diane Groomes is in charge of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Patrol Services Bureau.  Assistance Chief of Police Groomes joined the Metropolitan Police Department in 1990.

 

Mervin A. Bourne, Jr. is a DOJ prosecutor who has prosecuted violent crime, sex crimes, fraud and other white collar crime in Washington, DC for the past 8 years.  Mervin is also the author of a new book, “A Single Mother’s Guide to Raising a Son”.

 

Alonzo Holloway manages the Roving Leaders program, part of the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) Youth Development Division whose mission is to prevent, neutralize, and control hostile behavior in youth and youth groups through the development of positive relationships between teens/youth and outreach workers. Roving Leaders utilize recreation and leisure time activities as the intervening vehicles for redirecting antisocial and aggressive behaviors.

 

Judge Arthur Burnett is the Executive Director of the National African American Drug Policy Coalition.  Judge Burnett served as a Judge on the DC Superior Court for 40 years and was the first African-American to hold the position of United States Magistrate Judge.

 

Alfred Guillaume is a criminal defense lawyer.  Alfred worked as a judicial law clerk in the Circuit Court of Prince George’s County.  One year later, Alfred joined the State’s Attorney’s Office in Baltimore and worked as an Assistant State’s Attorney for the next five years.  In 2011 Alfred founded the Law Offices of Alfred Guillaume III, a boutique law practice that specializes in criminal defense in State and Federal Court.

 

Vincent Haskell is the Student Training Coordinator of the Parole Division of the Public Defender Service of the District of Columbia. Vincent represents clients facing revocation before the United States Parole Commission and teaches and trains law students.  Vincent has served as a public defender in Washington D.C. and Chicago since 1998.

 

Commander Andrew Solberg is the Director of Security Operations at Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation.  Commander Solberg previously served in the Metropolitan Police Department for 28 years.

 

ABOUT THE 100 BLACK MEN OF GREATER WASHINGTON, D.C.

The 100 Black Men of Greater Washington, D.C. is devoted to improving the quality of life for African-Americans–particularly young males–in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area through programs focusing on health and wellness, economic empowerment, education and mentoring. The 100 was formed in 1995 as an outgrowth of the Million Man March.  The 100 is a 501(c)(3) organization established under the laws of the District of Columbia. We currently serve 2,000 to 3,000 students and their families every year. We conservatively estimate that, over our 20 years, we have positively impacted the lives of more than 60,000 students and their families.

To learn more about 100 BMOGWDC, please visit www.100blackmendc.org or email info@100blackmendc.org.

For media inquiries, contact Wes Lewis, Public Relations Chair for The 100 BMOGWDC at pr@100blackmendc.org.