Race and Policing

In this two-part episode Sherrilyn Ifill of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc., Barry Friedman, New York University Law professor and director of NYU’s Policing Project, and John Malcolm of the Heritage Foundation explore the intersection of race and policing in the United States. Our guests explore the history of race relations in the U.S., and the resulting impact on law enforcement practices in Part 1: History, Training Programs, and Police as First Responders and Part 2: Predictive Policing, Funding Priorities, and Working Toward a Solution.

Listen as these experts, who currently are on the front lines (an advocate and civil rights lawyer, a civil liberties lawyer whose current work is with communities and police departments, and the director of a think tank tasked with increasing government officials', the media's, and the public's understanding of the Constitution and the rule of law), discuss new policing technologies, as well as new theories about public policy that may help shape the future of race and policing.


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Unwarranted: Policing Without Permission by Barry Friedman

June 2013, documents leaked by Edward Snowden sparked widespread debate about secret government surveillance of Americans. Just over a year later, the shooting of Michael Brown, a black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, set off protests and triggered concern about militarization of law enforcement and discriminatory policing. In Unwarranted, Barry Friedman argues that these two seemingly disparate events are connected―and that the problem is not so much the policing agencies as it is the rest of us.

Democratic Policing

Friedman, Barry and Ponomarenko, Maria, Democratic Policing (November 23, 2015). New York University Law Review, Vol. 90, 2015; NYU School of Law, Public Law Research Paper No. 15-53

Policing the Black Man: A Conversation with Angela J. Davis and Sherrilyn Ifill

Angela J. Davis and Sherrilyn Ifill discuss a new collection of essays on the impact of the criminal justice system on African American boys and men.

Peace and Justice Summit: Mass Incarceration

How Racial Inequality Shapes Criminal Justice with Michelle Alexander, Sherrilyn Ifill, and moderated by Jelani Cobb.

Just Facts: Preserving Civil-Rights Narratives in a Post-Truth Era

Speakers explore the distorted narratives that impede progress on issues of race, sexuality, and gender identity; the power of law and litigation to establish facts; and the role of legal and non-legal actors in embedding stories of justice into our culture and history.