Pikes Peak Community College’s Black Student Union will host a question-and-answer panel on the topic of police brutality at 6 p.m. Friday in the Centennial Atrium at the main campus, 5675 S. Academy Blvd.
The event is free and open to the public.
The panel will include a deputy from the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, a Black Lives Matter representative, a Colorado Springs Police officer, two sociology professors from the college and a local activist from the community.
The event will provide an opportunity for the community to have an uncensored conversation regarding police brutality and address any questions or concerns with community policing and activism.
The student-led event is being held in the wake of the fatal shooting of Stephon Clark by the Sacramento Police Department. Renewed unrest and upheaval with ongoing demonstrations within Sacramento as well as across the country have happened.
"Students in El Paso County are justly concerned about the increasingly disturbing amount of black men and women killed by police for holding a cell phone, reaching for a wallet, or just being black," the media release states. "This panel will hopefully open the door to more peaceful communication between the police and the community."
For more information, go to https://www.facebook.com/events/162568794574172/.