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  • 740 15th St NW #900
  • Washington, DC 20005
  • USA

12:00 PM: A Conversation With Roy L. Austin, Jr. and Barry Friedman

Roy L. Austin, Jr.
Former Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity, White House Domestic Policy Council
Partner, Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP

Barry Friedman
Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law and Director of the Policing Project, New York University School of Law
Author, Unwarranted: Policing without Permission

The strained relationship between police and communities of color is certainly not new, but has gained renewed attention due in part to several high-profile cases of police misconduct and the resulting public outcry. The Obama Administration responded to the crisis by investigating police departments accused of systematically failing to uphold the Constitution, sending mediators to communities in crisis, and establishing a Task Force to recommend best practices that maintain public safety while building public trust between communities and police.

Now, after years in which the federal government took an active role in trying to address police misconduct and accountability, the Trump Administration has signaled a return to more traditional law and order policies. With the increased focus on police accountability in recent years, have we arrived at any new understandings of the problem or identified any promising solutions? What will the new administration’s approach to federal involvement mean for efforts to implement these solutions at the national and local level?

Join ACS and New America on Thursday, March 9, for an examination of the current state of policing, the institutional and legal critiques central to the debate around police accountability, and the reforms that are needed and politically feasible to address police misconduct.

Follow the conversation on Twitter with #WhoDoYouProtect and @NewAmerica and @acslaw.

Lunch will be provided.

For more information on this event, visit New America's event page: https://www.newamerica.org/new-america/events/policing-new-political-era/#