JHU Police Town Hall goes virtual to avoid disruptive protests


Johns Hopkins University will hold its second Public Safety Town Hall on Thursday evening to discuss plans for a private police force. to move the meeting to a virtual format. Thursday’s meeting at 7 p.m. will include a presentation and a Q&A session, all of which will be streamed live online.| LINK: JHU Public Safety Town Hall live stream information to watch in person at Turner Auditorium with the following requirements established. Registration and ID are required for entry. Those who have not pre-registered at Eventbrite will be able to register on-site. Signs, megaphones and liquids are only permitted in the designated protest area outside the auditorium. Bags are subject to inspection. livestream format to prevent another scene last week when protesters took to the stage with signs and loudspeakers. any questions or provide feedback they have in a constructive way. Video below: Protesters disrupt the first Hopkins Police Town Hall at the university’s campuses in Homewood, Peabody and East Baltimore (click on the links for the maps). Their jurisdiction would include garages, sidewalks and streets within those boundaries. Members of the Baltimore City Council’s Public Safety and Government Operations Committee received an update Wednesday on the university’s plan for private policing and how Baltimore police plan to respond to concerns about confidence highlighted at last week’s town hall meeting. “Hopkins and BPD are listening to what people are saying, trying to identify what kind of changes need to be made to make sure everyone is comfortable,” said Michelle Wirzberger, director of government affairs for the Baltimore Police Department. . .The state changed the disciplinary process for law enforcement and a Hopkins police force would fall under this law with an obligation to submit to this process. video below: Community Response to the Police Force Project (2019)

Johns Hopkins University will hold its second Public Safety Town Hall on Thursday night to discuss plans for a private police force.

Video above: Protesters disrupt the first Hopkins Police Force town hall

It comes after protesters took over the first town hall meeting last week, forcing leaders to move the meeting to a virtual format.

Thursday’s meeting at 7 p.m. will include a presentation and a question-and-answer session, all of which will be streamed live online.

| LINK: JHU Public Security Town Hall Live Stream Information

Participants can submit comments and questions to the panel via the Public Safety website, by email to publicsafetyfeedback@jhu.edu and by text to 443-464-0832.

The livestream will also be available for people to watch in person at Turner Auditorium with the following requirements established.

  • Registration and ID are required for entry. Those who have not pre-registered on Eventbrite will be able to register on-site.
  • Signs, megaphones and liquids are only permitted in the designated protest area outside the auditorium.
  • Bags are subject to inspection.

University leaders said they moved the public hearing to a live broadcast format to avoid another scene last week when protesters took to the stage with signs and loudspeakers.

The university said it wants to make sure community members can learn more about the proposed memorandum of understanding between Johns Hopkins and the Baltimore Police Department, and also ask questions or provide feedback from constructive way.

Video below: Protesters disrupt the first Hopkins Police Town Hall

Ahead of the first public meeting last week, the university released its memorandum of understanding detailing how Hopkins would create a police force to patrol the university’s campuses in Homewood, Peabody and east Baltimore (click on the links for maps). Their jurisdiction would include garages, sidewalks and streets within those boundaries.

On Wednesday, members of the Baltimore City Council’s Public Safety and Government Operations Committee received an update on the university’s plan for private policing and how Baltimore police plan to respond to concerns about trust highlighted at last week’s town hall meeting.

“Hopkins and BPD are listening to what people are saying, trying to identify what kind of changes need to be made to make sure everyone is comfortable,” said Michelle Wirzberger, director of government affairs for the Baltimore Police Department. .

The state changed the law enforcement disciplinary process and a Hopkins police force would fall under that law with an obligation to submit to that process.

Archive 11 TV Hill video below: Lawmakers’ take on the proposal Hopkins Police Bill (2019)

Archive 11 TV Hill video below: Community Response to Proposed Police Service (2019)


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