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Event Date & Time: Thursday, November 17th, 1:30 - 5:30 p.m.

Event Location: Bohemian National Hall, 4939 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44127

Speakers

Andrés González, Chief of Police, Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) Police Department

Chief Andrés González

Andrés González was appointed Chief of Police of the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority (CMHA) on April 16, 2007. Chief Gonzalez is a 35 year veteran who began his law enforcement career with the City of Cleveland Division of Police. He worked his way through the ranks of Detective, Sergeant, and Lieutenant. He served eight (8) years as Commander of the Cleveland Police Third Neighborhood District which encompassed various diverse neighborhoods, the central business district and entertainment district.  

Chief Gonzalez is the first Hispanic to be appointed Chief of Police of a political subdivision in Cuyahoga County. He is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations including the Ohio Distinguished Service Medal granted by the Ohio Attorney General, the Michael J. Kelly Award for excellence and innovation by the Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, and the Champion Award from Voices for Ohio’s Children.

Chief González is a graduate of the FBI National Academy, the Police Executive Leadership College and the Leadership Cleveland class of 2013. He graduated magna cum laude from the Cleveland State University with a degree in Urban Studies concentrating in Public Administration.

Chief González serves on the Board of Directors for the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, The Partnership for a Safer Cleveland, and the Cleveland Boys and Girls Club. He also serves as an Advisory Board Member to the State of Ohio Family Violence Prevention Center and the Ohio Executive Institute Committee.

Playwrights Local will present an excerpt from Objectively/Reasonable: A Community Response to the Shooting of Tamir Rice, 11/22/14

Objectively/Reasonable is a documentary play on the impact and aftermath of the shooting of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio, on November 22, 2014. Billed as a “community response,” this critically acclaimed work is based on monologues culled from interviews with legal experts, civic leaders, police officers, family members and others close to the case, and everyday Clevelanders. The work expresses unheard perspectives on the Tamir Rice shooting, the topic of police misuse of force, and the condition of race relations in America. Objectively/Reasonable was conceived and edited by David Todd, with contributions from an ensemble of diverse writers: Mike Geither, Tom Hayes, Lisa Langford, Michael Oatman, and Todd. Hailed by The Plain Dealer as “electric, probing and uncomfortably raw…a play that needs to be seen,” this production features direction by Terrence Spivey, former artistic director of Karamu House.

Playwrights

Mike Geither, Tom Hayes, Lisa Langford, Michael Oatman, David Todd

Director

Terrence Spivey

Cast

Ashley Aquilla, India Burton, Samone Cummings, Kali Hatten, LaShawn Little, Nathan Tolliver

Creative Team

Lighting Designer: Margaret Peebles, Costume Designer: Maya Jones, Set Designer: Terrence Spivey, Sound Designer: David Todd

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