Book Mr. Wood for your speaking event on any policing issue from prisons to gun control to civilian-led policing – to whistleblowing.
Michael Wood Jr. is a police management scholar who after spending a career in the USMC and Baltimore Police Department, took to disrupting the long-standing blue wall of silence and creating the pathway to reform; a model called Civilian-Led Policing. His fight for justice has included leading the historic Veterans for Standing Rock action in December of 2016, standing on the front lines of justice protesting, opposing money in politics, and elevating the voices of others. You can find Michael in hundreds of media appearances, from HBO’s Fixing the System documentary with President Obama, to The Joe Rogan Experience, to published opinion pieces in The Guardian and Baltimore Sun, and everything in-between, where he furthers the discussion on criminal justice systems and institutions, and the needs of society.
Michael Wood Jr. provides a candid and realistic depiction of policing in the United States and offers solutions that would create opportunities for officers and the profession as a whole, to confront the biases and practices that contribute to disproportionate and racially skewed contact and incarceration of minorities and the poor. Anyone seeking law enforcement as a profession should review Michael’s work as it will only benefit that individual in upholding the assertion, “to protect and serve” in an equitable and just manner. -Assistant Director Multicultural & Inclusion Programs
Michael Wood Jr. has a unique capacity to compel his audience to consider both the larger theoretical aspects as well as the immediate practical implications of the topic at hand. A passionate and engaging speaker, Michael will inspire you to rethink things that you think you know and encourage you to investigate things that you don't yet know, as you test your own theories and ideas. He cultivates a community open to challenging ideas . -Editor, Confluence: The Journal of Graduate Liberal Studies Director of Program Operations and Affiliate Assistant Professor, Graduate Liberal Studies Program
Michael A. Wood Jr. spoke to students and faculty about his experiences with police racism. One of Wood’s primary focuses in his activism is that police forces must be willing to serve the community. You cannot provide service to someone you are not taking direction from. In order to do so, communities must be in charge of policing. Mr. Wood's visit here not only opened up a dialogue about policing in this country but about policing on Rowan’s campuses. -- -The Whit Online is Rowan University’s Campus Newspaper, Established in 1938
Working with Michael Wood was an honor! He speaks the raw truth that I needed and is always rooted in facts and statistics. It is impossible to have a conversation with Michael that does not leave you questioning the things you have been thought, or feeling challenged to think outside of the box.
Watching this an entire year later is so fucking crazy. He was right about literally everything. This man is a god damn champion and should be a shining example of what an officer should, and could look like. ---Sheesh. I wasn't ready for a former cop to be THIS honest. Finally, a real conversation instead of this "all officers are angels"...Blue Silence CRAP.
MWJ's background as a BPD officer and a marine gives him special insight on training aspects & real-world policing as it's currently done, he's an expert. On the other hand, his analysis of the larger problem, including vast historical research and his academics really gives him solid credibility as one who could be the person that gets to the heart of the problem.
-One of the best podcasts I've seen, great topic and Michael A Wood knows his shit!!!! -Michael, you're wise, brilliant, well-spoken, plus you've been there. I hope you keep speaking up and bringing change to this country. -This guy is absolutely 100% correct on his view on gun control. How the majority of Americans do not have the same view is baffling.
Reporter Sally Sara traveled from Australia to encounter a Baltimore still simmering over the death of Freddie Gray, 25, whose face looms from murals at the corner where police arrested him in April 2015. Angry protests erupted when he died of spinal injuries after being taken into custody. Sally spoke to many Baltimore locals as well as Michael A. Wood Jr and their experience thus far.
Can a former police officer effect greater reforms from outside the force? “Officers are scared that they’re going to get shot. Drug dealers are scared that they’re going to get arrested or shot,” Wood explains now. “And we’re pitting those two groups against each other for something that doesn’t even work.”
Daryl Davis likes to meet and befriend members of the KKK. When some of these same people decide to leave the Klan, Daryl keeps their robes and hoods to build his collection. In this film, Daryl questions several current and former Klan leaders as well as young Black Lives Matter activists, such as Michael A. Wood Jr., who vehemently disagree with his strategy.