Noted attorney to lead conversation on equity, public safety

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Independent Staff Report

WEST HOLLYWOOD — The city will host a community conversation about equity and public safety featuring attorney Constance “Connie” Rice at 6 p.m. July 12 on Zoom Webinar.

“This community conversation is an enormously important one,” Mayor Lindsey P. Horvath said. “We are so fortunate to be joined by Connie Rice, who will share, firsthand her knowledge, experience and perspectives in advocating for equity and working against injustice.

“I encourage everyone in West Hollywood who has thoughts, questions or concerns about equity and public safety to submit questions in advance and to join us for the Zoom webinar to hear Ms. Rice.”

Through coalition cases and campaigns, Rice’s work has won more than $10 billion in lawsuit damages and policy changes that have expanded safety and opportunity for millions in poor neighborhoods. Rice’s advocacy has earned more than 50 major awards and prompted Los Angeles Magazine to call her “the voice for L.A.’s oppressed.”

In her most important work outside of the courtroom, Rice has galvanized the police, community and government to transform inner-city policing and end a gang homicide epidemic. Former Los Angeles Police Department Chief Charlie Beck called Rice “the conscience of the city,” after she helped pioneer the community safety partnership that replaces mass incarceration enforcement with holistic guardian policing. President Barack Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing selected Rice as a member for her experience in transforming warrior policing.

To register, or to submit questions in advance, please visit the event calendar page on the city’s website by clicking on the short URL to access links to a Zoom registration page and to question submission forms.

For more information, contact Public Safety Director Kristin Cook at (323) 848-6414.

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