Speakers

Photo Name Summary City State
Deputy Chief Stephen Downing (Ret.)

Stephen Downing began his 20-year police career in a squad car and finished as a deputy chief of police. As Commander of the Bureau of Special Investigations at one point, the Administrative Narcotics Division was one of the divisions within his scope of authority. Downing is an expert on issues related to police militarization, civil […]

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Officer Kyle Kazan (Ret.)

Kyle Kazan gained recognition as an expert in gang and drug identification and eradication during the time spent as an officer in Los Angeles Countys Torrance Police Department. Today, Kyle Kazan is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Beach Front Properties Management.    

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Sergeant Carl Tennenbaum (Ret.)

Carl Tennenbaum became a Field Training Officer (FTO) in 1984, a position that he held during the entire course of his career. As a FTO, he was responsible for teaching police recruits the strategies of safe and successful patrol duties.

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David Long, Special Agent (Fmr.)

David M. Long served for nearly nine years as a special agent with the US. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General, Division of Labor Racketeering, working union corruption and related organized crime cases in Florida. Later, he was transferred to Los Angeles where he began investigating identitytheft cases tied to the Mexican Mafia.

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Judge James P. Gray (Ret.)

Judge James P. Gray authored “Why Our Drug Laws Have Failed And What We Can Do About It: A Judicial Indictment of the War on Drugs.” It was the culmination of his experience as a former federal prosecutor, defense attorney, and trial judge.

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Sergeant William John Cox (Fmr.)

  William John Cox is a retired prosecutor and former police sergeant. During his time with the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), he authored their department Policy Manual. He also wrote the chapters on the role of police in America for the Police Task Force report of President Nixon’s National Advisory Commission on Criminal Justice […]

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Carol Ruth Silver, Director of Prison Legal Services (Fmr.)

  Carol Ruth Silver is licensed to practice law in California, before federal courts, and the United States Supreme Court. Silver was elected to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors where she served three terms. In 2007, after a robust political career, Silver accepted an appointment as Director of Prisoner Legal Services for the San […]

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James Anthony, Prosecutor (Fmr.)

James Anthony spent three years as an award-winning Neighborhood Law Corps attorney and zoning prosecutor in Oakland, California. He is a long-time leading lawyer and political strategist in the medical and adult-use marijuana movements. He currently runs a private legal practice in Oakland.

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Deputy Sheriff Nate Bradley (Fmr.)

  Nate Bradley served almost seven years a deputy for the Sutter County Sheriff, where the majority of his time was spent working with local communities to reduce crime and address problems in the area.  He’ is currently the President of the California Cannabis Industry Association and an expert on marijuana policy, industry, and regulations.    

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Reserve Deputy Sheriff Jeff Studdard (Fmr.)

  Born and raised in Southern California, Jeff served for 10 years in law enforcement as a school district police officer and reserve Los Angeles County deputy sheriff. He’s also a graduate of LA. County’s exclusive Drug Recognition Expert program, which teaches police how to recognize impairment in drivers under the influence of drugs and/or […]

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