Symposium aims to discuss police and protest in Ferguson

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The events in Ferguson last year continue to foster public discussions.

MU law students from the Missouri Law Review organized a symposium to facilitate conversations between law experts and the public about Ferguson.

The event started Thursday with a works-in-progress conference. This allowed some of the law professors to exchange ideas and get audience commentary to help progress their current research in social and police policy issues.

The symposium Friday is made up of different panels of experienced law professionals who are expected to lead discussions about police and protesting.

Missouri Law Review associate editor-in-chief Austin Van Tine said one of the goals of the conference is to bring together experts of different backgrounds, ages and experience to contribute to the dialogue.

"We are talking about protesting, responsible and responsive ways to protest," Van Tine said. "We're also talking about perceptions, kind of contextualizing the events that occurred in Ferguson. And then we're also talking about police policies."

The symposium is free and open to the public. It takes place Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. in the Missouri School of Law on MU's campus.