“Break the Wheel” Book Talk on Social Justice and Police Reform

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
April 2, 2024 - 5:00 pm CDT
- 6:30 pm
Cowles Auditorium, Humphrey School of Public Affairs

Join us for an evening of empowerment and inspiration at a book talk with Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, author of “Break the Wheel: Ending the Cycle of Police Violence.” He will be joined by Kenneth Polite, former head of the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal division, to discuss Social justice and police reform.

This event is being held in-person and virtually and is open to everyone, but registration is required.




Explore impactful solutions and discuss ways to drive change as Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison, author of “Break the Wheel,” engages in a dynamic conversation on critical policing issues with former U.S. Justice Department official Kenneth Polite. This isn’t just an exploration of problems; it’s a call to action for tangible change. Join us in person in Cowles Auditorium at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, or watch the livestream. Stay afterward for a book signing with Keith Ellison.


About the Speakers:


Keith Ellison:

Elected as Minnesota’s attorney general in 2018. He is the author of “Break the Wheel: Ending the Cycle of Police Violence,” a personal account of his office’s 2021 prosecution of Derek Chauvin, the Minneapolis police officer convicted of murdering George Floyd, whose death in 2020 ignited protests around the nation. The book presents a comprehensive template for the prosecution of police officers accused of violent crimes. From 2007 to 2019, Ellison served in Congress, representing Minnesota’s 5th District. Previously he served in the Minnesota House of Representatives for four years, and practiced criminal defense and civil rights law for 16 years.


Kenneth Polite:

Served as assistant attorney general of the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal division in the Biden administration. He is currently a partner in the Sidley law firm, co-leading the firm’s white collar criminal defense, investigation, and compliance matters. As head of the Justice Department’s criminal division for two years, Polite oversaw work that ranged from corporate fraud prosecution to Russian war crimes investigations and the January 6 Capitol attack.


Polite previously served a four-year stint as U.S. attorney in New Orleans ending in 2017, and began his public-service career as a federal prosecutor in New York. He also practiced law at a firm in Philadelphia, was vice president at a large company in New Orleans, and a white-collar defense attorney.


Can’t join us in person? We will have the link to a live stream of the talk on our registration page.



Contact Info
This event is hosted by the Humphrey School of Public Affairs. If you have questions or would like to request accommodations, please contact [email protected].