Cleveland-Marshall College of Law will host a Criminal Justice Forum on “Ferguson, Staten Island and Cleveland: A Legal Discussion about the Use of Lethal Force by Law Enforcement Officers,” Monday, January 26 at 5 p.m. The discussion, co-sponsored by the City Club of Cleveland, American Constitution Society, Norman S. Minor Bar Association, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Dean’s Diversity Council and the Cleveland-Marshall Black Law Students Association, will explore the legal issues related to the recent use of deadly force by police officers.
The panel, moderated by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Dean Craig M. Boise, will be composed of a collection of local attorneys, professors, activists and law enforcement officials Confirmed panelists include: Shakyra Diaz, American Civil Liberties Union, Carole Rendon, First Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Ohio, Terry Gilbert, Esq., Friedman & Gilbert, Professor Jonathan Witmer-Rich, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Professor Ronnie Dunn, Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs.
The panel will focus on the legal parameters surrounding the authorized use of deadly force by law enforcement officers, and will discuss the type of circumstances that warrant such use of deadly force. In particular, panelists will focus on the question of if the suspect was armed, and how this affects the law enforcement officer's ability to respond with force. Panelists will also comment on the grand jury process, and discuss issues of police officer potential liability in the wake of the use of deadly force.
The program is free and open to the public, and offers attendees one hour of free continuing legal education credit. Preregistration is not required.