What would you ask police?

Have a question you’d like local law-enforcement leaders to answer Saturday at the Community Safety Roundtable?

Submit them to us in the comments section of this blog by Friday morning and we will share them with Riviera Beach attorney Edwin Ferguson.

Edwin Ferguson

Edwin Ferguson

Ferguson is moderating a panel discussion with local police chiefs and a Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office official from 10 a.m. to noon. He plans to ask questions of his own along with questions from the audience.

He agreed to try to ask a few questions submitted to this blog from readers who might not be able to attend Saturday’s meeting.

The roundtable is being hosted by Palm Beach County Commissioner Priscilla Taylor in response to a sweeping investigation by The Palm Beach Post and WPTV NewsChannel 5 of use-of-force patterns by the sheriff’s office.

Among the findings: The Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office has cleared 97 percent of fatal police shootings since 2000. Evidence is ignored in the investigations. One-quarter of the people shot were unarmed.  To read more, go to mypalmbeachpost.com/policeshootings.

The roundtable will be held on the sixth floor of the county Government Center at 301 N. Olive Ave. in downtown West Palm Beach.

The morning panel discussion will include the police chiefs of West Palm Beach, Riviera Beach and North Palm Beach and PBSO Chief Deputy Michael Gauger.

After the panel discussion, there will be three afternoon workshops: How to respond if you are stopped by Law Enforcement”; self-marshaling training by the U.S. Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service staff; the power of peaceful protests by Amnesty International.

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