Dr. Tobias Winright, associate professor of health care ethics at St. Louis University; former law enforcement officer; author of articles and books on just policing
Heather Taylor, president of the Ethical Society of Police and the night watch homicide sergeant with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department
Dr. Tobias Winright is a former correctional officer, reserve police officer and police academy instructor, who says that he expects “policing to be just, rather than just policing.” He will describe the history of policing in America and how our society has adopted a military model of law enforcement, which focuses on the use of force and fighting crime as the essence of the job.
Sgt. Heather Taylor is an 18-year veteran of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. In addition to her current position, she has worked in sex crimes, child abuse and juvenile divisions as well as undercover in anti-crime and crime suppression. She has a BS degree in criminal justice from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and plans to pursue a law degree following her retirement from the force. As president of The Ethical Society of Police, she is a vocal advocate for police accountability. In 2016, she authored a comprehensive evaluation of the SLMPD focusing on race-based issues in the community.