Is Nonviolent Policing Possible?
Charles Alphin Sr. a retired police captain and veteran trainer in Kingian Nonviolence thinks so. Join us for an engaging evening on nonviolence and policing.
Wednesday, February 24 – 7:00 p.m.
Discussion and Q&A to follow. Event is free and open to public.
Charles Alphin Sr. served as a police officer in the St. Louis Police Department for over 26 years, rising to the rank of captain. Upon his retirement in 1992, he and his wife moved to Atlanta Georgia where Mr. Alphin became Director of Education and Training at the Martin Luther King Center for Nonviolent Social Change. A close associate of civil rights leader Dr. Bernard Lafayette Jr, Mr. Alphin has provided trainings in Kingian Nonviolence around the world and to numerous police departments in the US including Atlanta, GA, St. Louis, MO, Detroit, MI, Beaumont, TX, Providence, RI, Oakland, and Beverly Hills, CA.
I began experimenting with the [Kingian] philosophy in conflicts I encountered in my everyday duties as a police officer. I started with the interpersonal conflicts officers have with each other and supervisors. I was impressed with Dr. King’s understanding of nonviolence resistance, where he continued to examine himself as to what part he played in the conflict…. The more I used the philosophy and continued my readings of Dr. King’s writings, the clearer the philosophy became. Through my application of nonviolence, I was convinced that it is possible “to win your opponent over”, and not “to win over your opponent,” which is the goal of Kingian Nonviolence.
Charles Alphin Sr.
Kingian Nonviolence: A Practical Application in Policing