Beyond the Bench: Law, Justice, and Communities Summit

Viewpoints: Life-Altering Moments (Testimonial Notes) 

Chief Judge Washington makes introductory remarks, including background on the NCSC listening tours. (5 minutes)

Chief Judge Washington asks panelists to introduce themselves. (5 minutes)

  • Richard Miles, Miles of Freedom
  • Arielle Clarkson, Paul Quinn College
  • Sgt. Willie Ford, Dallas Police Department
  • Emily Thompson, Widow of Brent Thompson
  • Senior Pastor Richie Butler, St. Paul’s United Methodist Church

Question I for each panelist

  • Mr. Miles, you were incarcerated for 15 years for a crime you did not commit. Will you tell us how this happened and how it affected you? (5-10 minutes)
  • Ms. Clarkson, how have your life experiences shaped your perspective on law enforcement? (5-10 minutes)
  • Sgt. Ford, why did you become a police officer? (5-10 minutes)
  • Ms. Thompson, will you tell us about the moments that have changed your life? (5-10 minutes)
  • Pastor Butler, how have the many tragedies affected your community and congregation? (5-10 minutes)

Question II for each panelist (time permitting)

  • What do you see as the first step to rebuilding trust?