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35 Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution 645 (2020)


On July 6, 2016, Philando Castile, an African-American male, wasshot and killed by a police officer during a traffic stop in Falcon Heights, Minnesota. In the aftermath of this shooting, there were several challenging meetings of the City Council where protestors demanded answers. In response,the Mayor of Falcon Heights reached out to dispute resolution professionals to help him design a two-track process which included a Task Force to propose policy changes to the City Council and a Community Conversations series to provide an opportunity for healing.

In this article, I will describe the process design for the community conversations, the challenges and highlights of the conversations, and how the conversations fit within the broader context of systemic change, including thoughts on replication.