Thursday, September 17, 2020
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

What’s at stake in the recent actions to “defund,” “dismantle,” and “reimagine” the police? Twenty-one-year veteran law enforcement officer Randy Petersen and former Austin City Council Member Ellen Troxclair will discuss the ramifications of defunding the police, what it means for public safety, and what healthy policing improvements look like.


  • Derek Cohen, Ph.D. (Moderator) – Policy Director, Right on Crime, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • The Honorable Ellen Troxclair (Panelist) – Senior Fellow, Texas Public Policy Foundation; Former Austin City Council Member
  • Randy Petersen (Panelist) – Senior Researcher, Texas Public Policy Foundation; Former Law Enforcement Officer