Racial Injustice: Reimagining policing and public safety

June 19, 2020

Racial Injustice: Reimagining Policing and Public Safety

Featured guests:

Opening Remarks: Governor Janet Mills

Special Guest: Senator Angus King

Moderator: Dean Leigh I. Saufley


  • Representative Rachel Talbot Ross, Maine Legislature
  • Commissioner Mike Sauschuck, Department of Public Safety
  • Micky Bondo, Portland School Board of Education
  • Donna Loring, Senior Advisor on Tribal Affairs
  • Professor Christopher Northrop
  • Julia Sleeper, Tree Street Youth


Friday June 19, 2020

12:00pm – 1:00pm

Online public forum


Webinar overview:

The University of Maine School of Law will host several virtual public forums designed to examine the racism in our laws and institutions, and to discuss specific policies and practices that could be implemented by local communities and the government to facilitate change through law.


The first in the series will take place at noon on Juneteenth on Racial Injustice: Reimagining Policing and Public Safety. The discussion will feature a panel of state and local leaders, including Councilor Pious Ali of the Portland City Council, who will discuss specific laws, policies, and resources that could be implemented to change policing and public safety. Governor Janet Mills will deliver opening remarks.


Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. It was on June 19th, 1865, that Union soldiers arrived in Galveston, Texas, finally setting the last enslaved individuals free and enforcing President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, which had been enacted into law more than two and half years earlier.


About the series:

This inaugural discussion marks the beginning of several conversations to be hosted by the Law School, which are designed to identify ways to change public policies, amend legal rules, and transform our society by eliminating racial injustice.  Dates and topics for future events in the series will be announced soon.