PLBC to host speaker to improve police and community relations in Harrisburg May 12

PHILADELPHIA, April 27 – State Rep. Vanessa Lowery Brown, D-Phila., chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Legislative Black Caucus, announced that Dwayne Bryant will speak in Harrisburg on Thursday and Friday, May 12 and 13.


Bryant will be the keynote speaker and participate in a panel discussion at 5 p.m. May 12, which will be held on the 14th Floor, Harrisburg University, 326 Market St., Harrisburg.


The panel will consist of law enforcement officers and mental health advocates, and will feature a filmed re-creation of a Susquehanna Township police stop. The discussion is also scheduled to air live on PCN.


Bryant is nationally recognized for his efforts in restoring relationships between police and communities. He is president of Inner Vision International, based in Chicago, and is the author of the book, "The STOP: Improving Police and Community Relations."


Bryant offers advice on how to handle traffic stops, and includes his own story of a stop in Indiana that was concluded peacefully and respectfully. The Harrisburg visit is his first in what will be a nationwide tour to promote safe and respectful interaction with the police.


"Getting Mr. Bryant to Harrisburg at the start of his current tour is very exciting," Brown said. "The PLBC has been calling for better communication between police and the black community for several years, focusing on the conduct of police in Ferguson, Baltimore, Cleveland and other cities. Bryant's stories and dedication to improving police and community interaction are in line with the PLBC's goals."


In addition to the panel discussion, Bryant will speak to students of The Nativity School in Harrisburg at 10 a.m. May 11 at the Harrisburg YMCA, with Harrisburg Police Chief Thomas Carter. He also will participate in a talk and book signing at 6 p.m. May 13 at the Midtown Scholar Book Store, 1302 N. Third St., Harrisburg.