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UB panel to discuss lessons learned from Ferguson

The University at Buffalo will host “What Ferguson Can Teach Us: Working Together for Justice and Community Safety,” a panel discussion about the Ferguson, Mo., incident in which a white police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager.

The event, which will be held at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday in Room 145A of the Student Union on the UB North Campus, is free and open to the public. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

The panel discussion was put together by UB graduate student Andrew Tabashneck, who traveled to Ferguson last November with two other UB Law School students. They were responding to a request from the National Lawyers Guild for legal observers after a state grand jury decided not to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the Aug. 9 shooting.

“Observing the peaceful protests in Ferguson inspired me to put together a program where community members and law enforcement could sit down together and discuss the underlying issues that go beyond Ferguson,” said Tabashneck, who is enrolled in UB’s dual degree program in the Law School and the School of Social Work.

Panel participants will include: Curtis Alford, program director of Urban Christian Ministries; Valerie Dobson, a UB police officer; Sam Magavern, co-director of the Partnership for the Public Good; Joshua Sticht, deputy chief of UB police; and John Washington, a community organizer with People United for Sustainable Housing.

For more information, contact Tabashneck at

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