ERNIE & JOE: CRISIS COPS is an intimate portrait of two Texas police officers who are helping change the way police respond to mental health calls. The film takes audiences on a personal journey, weaving together these two officers’ experiences during their daily encounters with people in crisis. These two officers are not your everyday cops. They are part of the San Antonio Police Department’s Mental Health Unit.
View the film ahead of time and then join the ABA Legal Education Police Practices Consortium on Tuesday, September 13, 2022 at 03:00 PM ET to discuss it with special guest panelists Ernie Stevens and Gilbert Gonzales, both of whom are featured in the film.
This virtual panel event will be moderated by the discussion will be moderated by fellows of the ABA Legal Education Police Practices Consortium and will explore ways in which lessons from the San Antonio Police Department’s Mental Health Unit might be applied in other communities.
The documentary will be available to stream for students and staff of Consortium member schools from April 30 – May 20.
Join the ABA Legal Education Police Practices Consortium discussion of the documentary Ernie & Joe: Crisis Cops.
Director, Department of Behavioral and Mental Health
Dedra Brown is a dual-degree 3L, JD/MPA, at the Lincoln Memorial University, Duncan School of Law. She completed her MPA over the summer and has been practicing Immigration Law since her 2L year. She recently received a practicing certificate for the state of TN. In addition, she works as a Research Assistant for the law school.
Taneisha Fair works as a researcher at The Center for Community Solutions, a think tank in Cleveland focused on providing consulting and analysis to government and human service agencies, and advocating for policy solutions to health, economic, and social issues. She is a part-time law student beginning her 2L year at Cleveland State University, currently pursuing a dual JD/MPA degree. She hopes to use her law degree, research, and advocacy skills to help develop reforms in policing and improve racial equity in Cleveland.
For more information about this event or the Consortium, please contact Consortium Director Jessalyn Walker.