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Policing of Hate Speech and Hate Crimes

November 15, 2023 @ 5:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Policing of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech

Who should attend?
Members of the local community; alumni; students, staff, and faculty; friends and family members of students, staff, and faculty

A Community Engagement Conversation

This Stubblefield Institute Community Engagement Conversation is the first of a series of discussions addressing root causes of hate-based violence.  Prior to the moderated panel discussion, audience members will have an opportunity to participate in small group conversations.  The discussion will be about policing of hate crimes and hate speech.


Moderated by Hans Fogle, Shepherd University Alumnus and Public Information Officer for Jefferson County Schools

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Thank you to our partners:

West Virginia Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities’ initiative, United We Stand: Connecting Through Culture.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Eastern West Virginia Community Foundation

Skinner Accident and Injury Lawyers

Remote and Virtual Options

Listen Live

We hope you can attend in person.  But if you can’t attend, you can still listen to the panel discussion about the formal and informal policing of hate crimes and hate speech.

Wednesday’s panel discussion will be broadcast live on WEPM 93.7 FM, WCST 93.5 FM, and online at

Post-event video access

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Meet the Panelists:

Rita Caufield

Legal Redress Committee Chair Berkeley County NAACP

Growing up in Indiana, Rita Caufield graduated from Purdue University. After graduation, she was a Chicago public school teacher.  Later, she worked as a  sheltered workshop supervisor, and then as a psychiatry research assistant.  After working in these positions, she attended law school at Antioch University.

As an attorney, Caufield worked for fifteen years with Legal Services in Kentucky. In retirement, she and her husband were volunteers in Ecuador for two years.

Since moving to Martinsburg in 2009, Caufield has volunteered with numerous community organizations. These include Catholic Charities, CASA, and NAACP.

She and her husband have two daughters and two granddaughters.

Nathan Harmon

Berkeley County Sheriff

Elected in January 2021, Nathan Harmon is a retired Marine and worked as a contractor in Iraq with Blackwater. He has 12+ years of experience in law enforcement. During this time he was named 2001 WVSP Trooper of the Year and Chief of Police in Rivesville, WV.

Harmon teaches classes on firearms, tactics, EVOC (Emergency Vehicle Operator Certification) driving, Active Shooter, Situational Awareness and other skills to both the law enforcement and civilian community.

Keith Pollard

Hate Crime Victim Advocate Eastern Panhandle Empowerment Center and Stop Hate WV: Hope Lives Here

Keith Pollard (He/him) is an award-winning advocate that has spent the better part of the past decade advocating for the rights of BIPOC and LGBTQ individuals. Before returning to West Virginia, Keith worked for multiple advocacy programs in Washington, DC. These mainly served LGBTQ youth experiencing homelessness.

Pollard is now the current Hate Crimes Victim Advocate at Stop Hate WV: Hope Lives Here. This program is the first of its kind in West Virginia. Stop Hate WV serves victims of hate crimes and hate incidents in the eastern panhandle.

Bill Powell

Former U.S. Attorney

Bill Powell is an attorney with Steptoe & Johnson PLLC in Martinsburg. His primary areas of focus include commercial litigation, internal investigations, federal criminal defense, and serving as a mediator in legal disputes.

Powell is a 1985 graduate of West Virginia University’s College of Law, and has been practicing law for more than 38 years. Prior to his work with Steptoe & Johnson, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of West Virginia, an Assistant Prosecutor in Jefferson County West Virginia, a Member of Jackson Kelly PLLC and as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia.



Moderator: Hans Fogle

Public Information Officer Jefferson County Schools

Hans Fogle grew up in the Eastern Panhandle. After graduating from Shepherd University, he began a career in broadcasting in Petersburg. He returned home to become the news director for WEPM radio in Martinsburg. Fogle then expanded that role to two other stations in the cluster: WLTF and WICL. He became the host of a local interest talk show, Panhandle Live.

Fogle has also worked for Hospice of the Panhandle and has spent the last five years as Public Information Officer for Jefferson County Schools.

Don’t Forget to Reserve Your Free Tickets Today

This event is free, but you must reserve your tickets on EventBrite to reserve your space.


November 15, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:15 pm
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