POSTPONED - The Police Accountability Panel scheduled for this evening has been postponed. As we're all aware, this time of year is incredibly busy, especially for social justice advocates during the Maryland General Assembly's special session. Unfortunately two of our panellists are unable to attend, and it is our priority for the discussion of police accountability to include the diverse voices impacted by this issue, so we've decided to reschedule the event after the new year.
We are grateful for your interest in police accountability in Baltimore County and hope you will join us for this discussion in 2022!
Everyone is invited to join us for our online panel discussion. Panel members include representative from the NAACP Randallstown, CASA, Board of Education Student Member, and a Mental Health Specialist.
Police Accountability Panel
Board of Education Student Member, Christian Thomas
Thomas (he/him), a senior at Eastern Technical High School, has been a student in BCPS all of his life. He is multiracial, was a low-income FARMS student, and is a member of the LGBTQ+ community. Christian was a Senator in the 2019 BCPS Model Congress, on the Senate Environment and Public Works committee, an intern for a developing youth activism app called “TurnUp'' in Summer 2020, and a fellow for Congressmen Raskin during Summer 2021. He founded a Youth Outreach Team for a previous congressional candidate in Maryland’s first district and worked to co-found an entirely student-led non-profit called “The Domino Effect Initiative,” which aimed to cultivate better educational equity and opportunity for students in BCPS.
Donna Marie Fallon Batkis, LCSW-C, MSSW, MPM, QBS
Batkis is an Irving B. Harris Fellow of Infant Mental Health and Child Development; Founder of Consultas Psychotherapy Practice, LLC; Director of Survivor Services at Asylee Women Enterprise; a Bilingual (Spanish/English) Psychotherapist & Trauma Expert; a Community Safety, Health and Wellness Promoter; and University Faculty member. She has more than 40 years of professional experience advocating for the empowerment of marginalized individuals and communities with a focus on non-violence and comprehensive wellbeing and violence reduction strategies.
Thurman Reed, NAACP Randallstown
Reed has more than 35 years of experience in the field of law enforcement for the Baltimore Police Department and the Baltimore City Sheriff’s Office Career that reflects a solid track record of success developing crime prevention strategies, responding to emergencies, overseeing investigations, and managing staff. He is recognized for maintaining strong community relationships, effectively responding to emergencies and is highly rewarded for his crime reduction strategies.
Panelist from CASA
As the largest grassroots immigrant advocacy organization in the Mid-Atlantic region, CASA has over 36 years of experience organizing over 115,000 lifetime immigrant, Latino, and working class members. Founded in 1986, their model focuses on blending human services, community organizing, and strategic campaigns in order to serve the full spectrum of the needs, dreams, and aspirations of their members.