WMU-Cooley Law School Holds Panel Discussion about Recent Police Violence

Kenyata McGill

Kenyata McGill, BLSA campus president, made the opening remarks at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids panel discussion on recent police violence.

The Black Law Student Association (BLSA) and the Student Bar Association (SBA) at WMU-Cooley Law School’s Grand Rapids campus held a panel discussion on July 22 about recent police violence.

Kenyata McGill, Grand Rapids campus BLSA president, made the opening remarks and thanked the panel for attending. The panel included Yvonne Briley-Wilson, local attorney; Ralph Mason, former law enforcement officer; David Rahinsky, Grand Rapids Police Department chief; and Bryan Blakely, commission chair for the Kent County Black Caucus. They discussed with WMU-Cooley Law School students the concerns regarding recent police shootings.

“There is a chasm between law enforcement officers and community members, specifically young black men,” said Bailey Vos, SBA president. “We don't believe that the chasm was intentional, but the first step towards rectifying the situation is communication about what is happening. We specifically wanted to talk about when that divide began and how it can be remedied.”

Bryan Blakely, Yvonne Briley-Wilson, Tonya Krause-Phelan, David Rahinsky, Ralph Mason

Pictured (left-right) Bryan Blakely, commission chair for Kent County Black Caucus; Yvonne Briley-Wilson, attorney; Tonya Krause-Phelan, WMU-Cooley Law School professor; David Rahinsky, Grand Rapids Police Department chief; and Ralph Mason, former law enforcement officer.

About Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School: Western Michigan University and Thomas M. Cooley Law School affiliated in 2014, combining the status of a nationally-ranked, public, comprehensive research university with the commitment to practical legal education of an independent, non-profit, national law school. WMU-Cooley is accredited by both the American Bar Association and the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. The law school has provided nearly 20,000 graduates with the practical skills necessary for a seamless transition from academia to the real world, and enrolls classes in January, May, and September at its Lansing, Auburn Hills, and Grand Rapids, Michigan campuses, and its Tampa Bay, Florida campus. WMU and the law school continue to operate as independent institutions with their own governance structure and separate fiduciary responsibilities.

 

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