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Unresolved: American Policing

Start Date:9/30/2020

Start Time:6:00 PM EDT

Duration:90 minutes


Historic protests calling for police reform have erupted across the nation. But just what could these reforms mean? And how should we see the criminal justice system today? Staged in our “Unresolved” format, this debate brings together five experts to tackle pressing questions on the history and future of policing in the U.S. including: Should we defund the police? Do police unions do more harm than good? And who should regulate the nation's law enforcement?

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John Donvan

Host & Moderator

Intelligence Squared U.S.

The moderator of Intelligence Squared U.S. debates since 2008, John Donvan is an author and correspondent for ABC News. He has served as ABC’s White House Correspondent, along with postings in Moscow, London, Jerusalem, and Amman. John is the co-author of “In a Different Key: The Story of Autism” (Crown, 2016). In addition to premiering his first one-man show, “Lose the Kid,” in 2013 in Washington, D.C., John is a four-time Emmy Award winner and was a National Magazine Award finalist in 2010.

Paul Butler

Former Federal Prosecutor & Professor

Georgetown Law

Paul Butler is one of the nation’s most frequently consulted scholars on issues of race and criminal justice. A former prosecutor, Butler currently researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law, and critical theory at Georgetown University. He is also the author of “Chokehold: Policing Black Men.”

Jason Johnson


Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund

Jason Johnson is president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund, a national police advocacy organization. Johnson served as deputy commissioner of the Baltimore Police Department between 2016 and 2018.

Rafael Mangual

Deputy Director of Legal Policy

Manhattan Institute

Rafael Mangual is a senior fellow and deputy director of legal policy at the Manhattan Institute and a contributing editor of City Journal. An expert on urban crime, policing, and incarceration, he was recently appointed to serve a four-year term as a member of the New York State Advisory Committee of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.

Sue Rahr

Former Sheriff

King County

Sue Rahr is executive director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, overseeing training of all city and county law-enforcement and corrections officers in the state. Rahr served on President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing and was King County Sheriff between 2005 and 2012.

Vikrant Reddy

Senior Research Fellow

Charles Koch Institute

Vikrant Reddy is a senior fellow at the Charles Koch Institute, specializing in the area of criminal justice reform. Reddy previously served as a senior policy analyst at the Texas Public Policy Foundation and is also an appointee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights Texas State Advisory Committee.
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