Local activist to hold forum to address racial issues, prison pipeline, and excessive force

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – Addressing issues in Evansville: A local activist wants a community-wide conversation about race and police following the arrest of a teenager last week.

This is in response to a story we’ve covered extensively.

Viral video of EPD officers arresting a teenager sparked concerns… Over the officer’s use of force.

EPD said it was justified.

And while the Evansville Chapter of the NAACP investigates, a local activist wants to talk about it.

Reverend William Payne will sponsor a forum next Tuesday, August 20th at Evansville’s Central Library.

It will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Browning Room.

On Facebook, Payne said he wants to organize a group to address racial issues, excessive force by police, and what he calls a prison pipeline from local alternative schools.

This meeting is open to the public.

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(This story was originally published on August 14, 2019)

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