Think & Drink Portland: Policing

Place: SPACE Gallery, Portland

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Policing, Protection, Community, and Trust in the 21st Century

Police car driving down a street

How does society define criminal behavior, and who is a criminal? What do we want from our police, and how are they trained? What powers do we place in the hands of the state (police, legal system, prisons), and how do we monitor the use of those powers? Do communities suffer collateral damage from being policed, and do those who do the policing face emotional challenges of their own?

Samaa AbdurraqibWe have a new moderator for 2017’s series: Samaa Abdurraqib, who has facilitated many a discussion for the MHC’s special audience programs (in addition to her full-time work with the Maine Coalition to End Domestic Violence). A native of Ohio, Samaa earned her Masters and Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies at Bowdoin College for a number of years and has also been an adjunct professor at USM.


What is a criminal?

Tuesday, February 28
6:30 – 8 pm
SPACE Gallery, Portland


Alicia WilcoxAlicia Wilcox, Assistant Professor, School of Legal Studies, Husson University




Michael RocqueMichael Rocque, Assistant Professor, Sociology, Bates College





Carl Williams Carl Williams, National Lawyers Guild





What makes a police officer?

Training and expectations of law enforcement

Wednesday, April 5 
6:30 – 8 pm
SPACE Gallery, Portland


Sarah WaltonSarah Walton,
Executive Director of PE+ACE (Policing Education & Active Civic Engagement), co-author of Maine Law Enforcement Officer’s Manual, and former Maine Assistant Attorney General 




Jamie RooneyJamie Rooney,  York Police Department






Who’s watching whom?

Physical surveillance by and of the police

Wednesday, May 3
6:30 – 8 pm
SPACE Gallery, Portland


Zach HeidenZach Heiden, Legal Director, ACLU of Maine




Leroy RoweLeroy Rowe, Assistant Professor of African American History and Politics, University of Southern Maine




Chief Robert Bryant

John Clarke Russ | BDN

Robert Bryant, Chief of Police, Penobscot Indian Nation







What’s the harm?

Emotional challenges of policing and being policed

Wednesday, June 7
6:30 – 8 pm
SPACE Gallery, Portland


Kate BraestrupKate BraestrupChaplain, Maine Warden Service and author




Jerome BennettJerome Bennett, Policy and Technical Assistance Coordinator, The Opportunity Alliance




Bruce King

Bruce King, former incarcerated person, addiction group facilitator, and founder of Incarca, which spreads awareness around issues of criminal justice reform