Police shooting in Salt Lake City

The shooting of a teenager in downtown Salt Lake City in February stirred up more questions in the national discussion about race relations and law enforcement. Salt Lake City’s shooting comes in the wake of other high-profile incidents across the country over the past year, including the 2014 case in Ferguson, Missouri, where a white police officer shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown, who was black. Several U experts are available to discuss broader issues touched on by the Salt Lake City case.

Erika George, a professor of law, has studied civil rights and is a frequent speaker on women’s rights, human rights and the rights and experiences of racial minorities. George spoke recently after a screening of the documentary “3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets,” which explores the shooting death of Jordan Davis at a Florida gas station in 2012 and how Florida’s controversial Stand Your Ground self-defense law played into the murder trial for Michael Dunn, who shot Davis. The themes George discussed apply to many cases related to race relations and law enforcement. Erika George, 801-581-7358, erika.george@law.utah.edu

–  David Derezotes, a professor in the College of Social Work and director of Peace and Conflict Studies, can speak to some of the issues behind conflict and rioting. David Derezotes, 801-585-3546, dderezotes@socwk.utah.edu

– Theresa Martinez, an associate professor in the U’s Department of Sociology, has research expertise on the topic of race relations. She can speak about the case as it relates to that topic. Theresa Martinez, 801-581-5712, theresa.martinez@utah.edu