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Talk to address excessive force by police

Nov. 2, 2007

KALAMAZOO--A former Florida law enforcement official who was convicted of inappropriately using a stun gun, will discuss "Excessive Force and Police Department Culture" during a presentation Thursday, Nov. 8, at Western Michigan University.

Charles Dix, formerly an Escambia County sheriff's deputy, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Bernhard Center's Brown and Gold Room.

"Dix is a high-profile and very controversial guest speaker," says Joseph Orr, president of WMU's Criminal Justice Student Association, which is sponsoring the event. "Following the talk, we'll have an open discussion and question-and-answer session about his crimes and subsequent punishment, his work as a police officer, and the subculture in which he was immersed."

Dix pleaded guilty to willfully using excessive force in a 2004 incident involving the use of a stun gun multiple times on a citizen. He is serving federal probation after implicating five other law enforcement personnel who used excessive force or committed other improprieties.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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