*Political analyst and Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable President Earl Ofari Hutchinson on Saturday, April 11 announced that the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable will present Feidin Santana with its Civic Engagement Award and a monetary grant.
The award and grant is given to honor him for his exemplary citizen engagement effort in exposing the slaying of unarmed civilian Walter Scott by former North Charleston police officer Michael Slager.
Mr. Santana is the third recipient of The Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable’s Civic Engagement Award for meritorious service. One prior awardee is David Diez whose video of the Marlene Pinnock beating by a California Highway Patrol officer in July 2014 secured justice for Pinnock. The other awardee is Washington D.C. attorney Jody Westby who intervened to halt a racial profiling harassment incident by a Washington D.C. police officer last October 2014. Mr Santana now joins that proud list.
“Given the deadly seriousness of police violence and misconduct as a national issue of deep concern, Mr. Santana, at great and continuing risk to his safety, performed an honorable act in confronting and publicly exposing a horrendous act of police violence,” says Hutchinson, “The award honors him for his courageous act. But the award is also given to serve as inspiration and encouragement to other citizens to responsible, proactive engagement and involvement in reporting on, disclosing, and challenging alleged wrongdoing, misconduct and citizen abuse by police, public officials and employees.”
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