Forum planned on preventing police shootings

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WICHITA, Kan. - A meeting that's designed to prevent police shootings is planned in Wichita - an event inspired by the recent turmoil in Ferguson, Missouri.

A statement from the Peace and Social Justice Center says Mayor Carl Brewer and Deputy Police Chief Nelson Mosley will be part of a panel discussion at Wichita East High School, beginning at 6:30 p.m. There's no indication outgoing Chief Norman Williams will attend.

The approaching election may be a factor in the discussion. Libertarian candidate for Governor Keen Umbehr has announced plans to attend.

The program also is expected to include Wichita Branch NAACP President Kenya Cox, as well as leaders of Kansas People’s Action and Sunflower Community Action.

Recent officer-involved shootings in Wichita brought calls from some activists for all officers to wear cameras on duty. That's led to a debate over whether the city budget has money to pay for those cameras. No video is known to exist of the killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

The debate over events in Ferguson has extended well beyond the shooting, to the use of military equipment in law enforcement. Sedgwick County Sheriff's Officers showed off a military surplus armored vehicle Wednesday, which it obtained for free and has been used already in one standoff.


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