De­bate on deadly force slated for Fri­day

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Michael P. Rel­la­han mrel­la­han@21st-cen­tu­ry­ @Ch­escoCourtNews on Twit­ter To con­tact staff writer Michael P. Rel­la­han call 610-696-1544.

Two pro­fes­sion­als and two stu­dents will square off in a de­bate Fri­day on the topic of po­lice shoot­ings.

Two pro­fes­sion­als and two area high school stu­dents will square off in a friendly de­bate on Fri­day on the topic of po­lice shoot­ings, an is­sue that has en­gulfed the na­tion in re­cent months.

As part of a se­ries of de­bates hosted by the or­ga­ni­za­tion Thought­fully Speak­ing, the two teams will tackle the ques­tion, “Is deadly force a nec­es­sary tool for the po­lice?” dur­ing the de­bate at the New Leaf Club in Bryn Mawr. One side will an­swer “yes”; the other “no.”

Malvern at­tor­ney An­drea Car­da­mone will be paired with Ken­nett High School senior Ben Graver on the yes side, while Bos­ton high school teacher and ac­tivist Amelie Baker will team with Agnes Ir­win School senior Maya Brown-Hunt for the no side. Graver is a mem­ber of Ken­nett High’s mock trial team, while Brown-Hunt serves on her school’s mul­ti­cul­tural board and Black Stu­dent Union.

In­cluded on the mod­er­at­ing panel will be at­tor­ney John Raf­ferty of West Ch­ester, and Emily Car­ris of Philadel­phia, founder of the non­profit Art Depart­ment.

The event is opened to the public but seat­ing is lim­ited. Free tick­ets are avail­able through the web­site thought­fullyspeak­

The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on Fri­day at the club lo­cated at 1225 Mon­trose Ave. in Bryn Mawr.

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