Institutional Racism in Police Departments – Panel Discussion

Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey, Capt. John Mutz and Officer Alex Salazar discuss the growing distrust between minority communities and police forces, and what can be done to fix what many believe to be a systemic problem.

Sgt. Cheryl Dorsey began her career in law enforcement in 1978, working for the State of California, Department of Justice.  In 1980, the Los Angeles native began her twenty year career with the LAPD, during which she worked exclusively in patrol and specialized units such as traffic, vice, and the gang unit known as Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (C.R.A.S.H.). Today, Sgt. Dorsey serves as a speaker, free-lance writer, community advocate and police expert, educating the public in the areas of police policy, procedures, and culture. Her autobiography, Black & Blue (The Creation of a Manifesto) was published in 2013.

Capt. John Mutz is 25-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, and has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration with a specialization in Criminal Justice from the University of Southern California. After retiring from the force, he has continued his public service in the private sector, working to develop a mediation program for racial profiling cases for the LAPD. He currently works in executive coaching and mediation, and advocates training officers with negotiation skills to foster more effective decision-making in tense situations.

Officer Alex Salazar is a 9-year LAPD veteran who was assigned to the notorious Rampart Division, which served as the basis of the Denzel Washington film Training Day. Salazar has spoken about the severe case of PTSD that he developed while on the force. Since his retirement from police duty, he has been working as a licensed private investigator, focusing on civil rights and police abuse cases. Among his many high profile cases was the fatal shooting in 2013 of 13-year-old Andy Lopez by Sonoma County sheriff's deputy Erick Gelhaus in Santa Rosa, California.

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