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“Shoot/Don’t Shoot” simulation to be held at Willard Airport on May 23rd

EDITOR’S NOTE: It has been brought to our attention that this event is not open to the public. Apologies for any potential confusion. (PS)

As part of a two-day seminar on police shootings in the United States by the University of Illinois, Willard Airport will host a “Shoot/Don’t Shoot” simulation at 8:30 am on Tuesday, May 23rd.

For more information on what this entails, check out the full press release below:

‘Shoot/Don’t Shoot’ simulation to be held May 23 at Willard Airport

CONTACT: Craig Chamberlain, Social Sciences Editor 217-333-2894;

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — A “shoot/don’t shoot” simulation will be held Tuesday (May 23) at the University of Illinois Willard Airport, Savoy, as part of a two-day seminar on police shootings in the U.S.

The seminar is being hosted by the U. of I.’s Cline Center for Democracy, in partnership with the university’s Police Training Institute, as an early step in a Cline Center effort to create a comprehensive national police shooting database, making use of the center’s expertise in data collection and analysis.

The seminar will involve about two dozen participants from a variety of backgrounds and perspectives, including academic researchers, law enforcement professionals and representatives from the NAACP and ACLU. (See list of participants in the attached document.)

The “shoot/don’t shoot” exercise is designed to simulate decision-making challenges faced by law enforcement. Groups of seminar participants will be guided through the exercise by PTI instructors and role players.

Prior to a safety briefing that will precede the simulation, news media can seek permission from participants who wish to be filmed or who are open to interviews.

Three groups will be taken through the simulation, with the event scheduled to end at 10:30 a.m.

For questions about the seminar or database project, contact Cline Center Director Scott Althaus at 217-265-7879 or For questions about the simulation, contact PTI Director Michael Schlosser at 217-244-4200 or

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