Social Psychology Professor Yasser Payne from the Department of Black American Studies at the University of Delaware is available for interviews to discuss the recent events in Baltimore.

His interests include street violence, criminal justice and law enforcement and he has carried out research on the streets of Harlem and Wilmington, Delaware to name but a few.

He works in poor communities surveying opinions and studies the connections between prejudice, racism, crime and the criminal justice system. He also carries out research with law enforcement agencies and policy makers to complete the picture.

Payne is available to talk on why the Baltimore riots have occurred, why these young men are destroying their own communities, the messages they are sending and why they should not be ignored.

To arrange an interview please contact:

Donna O'BrienMedia Relations CoordinatorUniversity of DelawarePhone: 302-766-5103

Payne is available for interviews from UD's on-site studio or can travel as required.