Black police officer to speak about personal experience in and with law enforcement

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While national discussions on the intersection of policing and race continue to resound across the country, the University of Wisconsin-Waukesha is getting in on the conversation.

The college, 1500 N. University Drive, will on Tuesday, Feb. 7 host a talk on "The paradox of being a black police officer in today's society." The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in room N133 and is free and open to the public.

Corey Saffold, a black police officer in Madison, is the speaker, according to a news release.

Saffold is expected to discuss his experiences as an officer in the wake of multiple, highly publicized police-involved killings of unarmed black Americans, and address the paradox of being a black officer at a time when police are increasingly not trusted and often viewed as an enemy – especially among the African-American community.

According to the release, Saffold will additionally offer a strategy for engaging the community at large around these sensitive issues, and relate how his personal interactions with law enforcement helped shape his approach to upholding the law.

The lecture is hosted by UW-Waukesha’s Fine Arts and Lectures Committee.

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