Morgan Freeman and a University of Mississippi professor donate $  1M to college's policing program

受賞歴のある俳優のモーガンフリーマンとミシシッピ大学のリンダキーナ教授が寄付しました $ 1 警察に焦点を当てた新しいセンターを設立するために学校に百万.

The new Center for Evidence-Based Policing and Reform at the University of Mississippi looks tobuild relationships and share data with policing agencies as well as use the data to enhance the preparation of students in criminal justice,” による a Tuesday news release from the school. It will bethe only one of its kind at a Mississippi university and one of a few in the nation.
While he was born in Memphis, テネシー, Freeman did grow up in several Mississippi cities, による CNN affiliate WLOX-TV.
      He even owns a blues club, Ground Zero Blues Club, in Clarksdale. He tweeted earlier this year that he was proud to call the state his home after it debuted its new state flag.
        Freeman said the events of the past year inspired him to make the donation. Protests erupted across the country last summer after the death of George Floyd and other Black people at the hands of law enforcement, prompting calls for police reform.
          It’s time we are equipping police officers with training and ensuring ‘law enforcementis not defined only as a gun and a stick,” Freeman said in the news release. “Policing should be about that phrase ‘To Servefound on most law enforcement vehicles.
          The role of the center, the release states, will be to provide training for police and other law enforcement across Mississippi. It will also useevidence-based practices that allow officers to be more proactive.” そして, the center looks to improve how officers engage with the community and community membersperception of, trust and confidence in police, リリースは言った.
          The goal should be to give officers as many tools as possible to do their jobs more effectively,” said Keena, an associate professor of criminal justice. “Our faculty will address critical issues inherently interwoven in the current and historic landscape of policing such as race, クラス, bias and lack of compassion.
            The center is pending approval by the state’s Institutions of Higher Education.
            The donation will be split into two funding streams, と $ 500,000 being directed to start-up costs. The other half will be placed in an endowment forlong-range sustainability,” リリースは言った.