SB panel to discuss relationship between community and police

SOUTH BEND, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg and the city of South Bend are going to hold a panel discussion Thursday to talk about how to strengthen the relationship between the community and police.

The panel will discuss "the public perception of race, legitimacy of law enforcement and the historical view of race relations between police and communities of color."

Panelists will include:
• Scott Ruszkowski, Chief of the South Bend Police Department
• Darryl Boykins, SBPD Captain
• Travis Teague, SBPD Patrolman Officer
• Dr. Richard Pierce, Notre Dame professor and author of Polite Protest: The Political Economy of Race in Indianapolis
• Savino Rivera Jr., English as a New Language Program Coordinator at Adams High School
• Taloni Reese, Artist, Activist and Student at Indiana Wesleyan University
• William Horton, Rising Senior and member of B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S. group at Adams High School

The panel discussion will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kroc Center.



From a South Bend media release:

Mayor Pete Buttigieg and the City of South Bend will host a panel discussion on strengthening the relationship between the community and the police on Thursday, September 8th at 6:30 pm. The event, which will take place at the Kroc Center at 900 W. Western Ave., will discuss the public perception of race, legitimacy of law enforcement and the historical view of race relations between police and communities of color.

“This is an exceptionally important topic, and South Bend can lead the way in addressing the issues that all diverse communities are facing right now.” Mayor Buttigieg said. “Like every diverse American community, we have a lot of work to do, but our city has shown it is capable of coming together to make progress.”

Panelists will include:
• Scott Ruszkowski, Chief of the South Bend Police Department
• Darryl Boykins, SBPD Captain
• Travis Teague, SBPD Patrolman Officer
• Dr. Richard Pierce, Notre Dame professor and author of Polite Protest: The Political Economy of Race in Indianapolis
• Savino Rivera Jr., English as a New Language Program Coordinator at Adams High School
• Taloni Reese, Artist, Activist and Student at Indiana Wesleyan University
• William Horton, Rising Senior and member of B.R.O.T.H.E.R.S. group at Adams High School

Chief Ruszkowski is committed to developing strong relationships between SBPD and the community it serves.

“What is it that police can do to help our family? What is it that our family needs? What is it that our family wants?” Ruszkowski said. “That’s how we’re going to operate. Come to me with those answers and I will help, and so will my other brothers and sisters that are part of your family, too.”

Eric Love, Director of Staff Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Notre Dame, will serve as moderator for the event.

Event details:

Who: Mayor Buttigieg, members of SBPD, the South Bend community and others

What: Panel Discussion on strengthening the relationship between the community and the police

When: 6:30 pm on Thursday, September 8th

Where: Kroc Center, 900 W. Western Avenue