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FBI to hold “Color of Law” presentation at ASUMH on Friday

The ASUMH Antonin Scalia Criminal Justice Program is hosting an FBI workshop titled “The Color of Law” on Friday, April 22, 2022.  Students, faculty, staff, and members of the public are invited to attend at no charge. 

The FBI is seeking to educate community and Law Enforcement partners on Civil Rights Investigations. Their “Color of Law” Presentation will be presented at ASU-Mountain Home this Friday in the Vada Sheid Community Development Center from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. 

The event is sponsored by the ASUMH Criminal Justice Club and the Mountain Home Police Department. 

In the wake of George Floyd’s death and the resulting state-wide protests in Arkansas, FBI Little Rock began urging community groups and law enforcement agencies to sign up for their FBI training course focused on federal civil rights and “Color of Law” investigations.

This course, developed by the FBI and the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, educates law enforcement agencies and community members on the FBI’s role in investigating federal “Color of Law” violations. There is no charge for the course, and their previous trainings hosted throughout Arkansas are consistently highly rated and well received by participants.

Through the course, the FBI is seeking to dispel misconceptions, facilitate constructive dialog, and increase cooperation between law enforcement agencies and the communities they serve.

The FBI is the primary federal agency responsible for investigating allegations regarding violations of federal civil rights statutes. These laws are designed to protect the civil rights of all persons—citizens and non-citizens alike—within U.S. territory. Using cutting-edge investigative and intelligence capabilities, the FBI works closely with its partners to prevent and address hate crimes, color of law violations, and other civil rights offenses.

The “Color of Law” presentation is expected to run around two hours and is conducted by FBI agents who are veterans of investigating federal civil rights violations. The training is interactive and agents encourage audience members to share thoughts and perspectives on real-world case studies. 

For more information, contact Tim Bently at tbentley@asumh.edu.

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