In the wake of the tragic events in Minneapolis and the civil unrest that followed, a movement to “defund” law enforcement in certain cities has gained momentum. However, there are less extreme and more effective options to deal with the lack of trust that exists between police departments and black communities around the country. Join TPPF experts as they discuss solutions like community engagement and localized policing that can build the relationships necessary to shape what policing looks like in each community.


  • Kevin Roberts, Ph.D. (Moderator) – Executive Director, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Richard Johnson, Ed.D. (Panelist) – Director, Booker T. Washington Initiative, Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Randy Petersen (Panelist) – Senior Researcher, Texas Public Policy Foundation; Former Law Enforcement Officer