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National policing leader will join OKC Justice Circle Town Hall

Charles "Chuck" Ramsey
Charles "Chuck" Ramsey

A leader connected to an organization that conducts policing assessments will be one of the speakers at the OKC Justice Circle's virtual town hall set for 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday.

Charles "Chuck" Ramsey with Twenty-First Century Policing will join the town hall that will be live streamed on the Facebook pages of the justice circle and the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Besides Ramsey, other speakers will include Oklahoma City Police Chief Wade Gourley; the Rev. Derrick Scobey, senior pastor of Ebenezer Baptist Church in Oklahoma City; and Grace Franklin, a community activist and executive director of OKC Artists for Justice.

The justice circle is composed of faith and civic leaders who come together to focus on criminal justice reform in Oklahoma.

The Rev. Jon Middendorf, a justice circle member and senior pastor of OKC First Church of the Nazarene, said Thursday's online panel discussion will focus on the policing assessments conducted by Twenty-First Century Policing, also known as 21CP. Among other things, the organization develops best practices for police and conducts assessments of police departments.

Middendorf said Ramsey is one of the central leaders of 21CP. Ramsey formerly served as commissioner of the Philadelphia Police Department and as chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia.

"We are hoping to answer questions and set expectations where the 21CP assessment of the Oklahoma City Police Department is concerned," Middendorf said.

To submit questions for the panel, send queries to or in the Facebook Live comment section during the live event.

To view the panel discussion on Thursday, go to or

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