SMNR: Policing the Police

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THU 2:30 - 4:20 pm JON 5.257

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In this seminar we will explore the various mechanisms through which the public can regulate and shape the conduct of local police. We will consider the role of both federal and state constitutional law, as well as litigation more broadly in addressing police misconduct (including the role of attorneys and plaintiffs, immunity doctrines, and financial incentives that shape municipal decision-making). We also will consider the role of other actors, including state legislators and state oversight agencies (e.g. licensing boards and state attorneys’ general); local oversight bodies; municipal insurers; and the federal government. Readings will include scholarly articles, judicial opinions, investigative reports, and proposed and enacted policies and legislation. Students are expected to participate actively in each week's discussion, to submit periodic reading reflections/questions, and to complete original research which may take the form of either a traditional seminar paper or a policy brief.

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