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Policing Principles

The American Law Institute is making the Sections of Principles of the Law, Policing that are approved by both ALI Council and membership available for free download. These Sections were presented in drafts at the 2017 and 2019 Annual Meetings.

Changing the Law to Change Policing: Initial Steps

Several law school faculty, each of whom runs or is associated with a center devoted to the practice of policing and the criminal justice system, released the report “Changing the Law to Change Policing: First Steps” to address enduring problems in American policing.

Friedman and Lynch Named Special Advisors by NY AG

New York Attorney General Leticia James announced the appointment of Barry Friedman and Loretta Lynch as special advisors to help guide and support her investigation into the recent interactions between NYPD and the general public.

Policing, Racism, and the Law Webinar

On Thursday, June 11, Minnesota Law is hosting a free webinar on “Policing, Racism, and the Law,” which will feature discussion on current issues surrounding policing policy and racial injustice.

ALI’s Use of Force Principles Available for Free Download

At ALI’s 2017 Annual Meeting, the Use of Force chapter from ALI’s Principles of the Law, Policing project was approved. This Chapter contains best practices for police departments to follow concerning use of force in officers’ interactions with the public.

Highlights from the Policing Project’s Convening on Facial Recognition

Several jurisdictions are using facial recognition to aid law enforcement—from helping identify suspects and witnesses, to locating missing children. At the same time, other jurisdictions have banned facial recognition outright, fearing the potential for abuse of such technologies, and warning of the severe invasion of privacy posed by such systems.

Policing Race and Technology

The Brennan Center for Justice and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund are holding a symposium on “Policing Race and Technology” on Dec. 3, 2019. The symposim aims to center the racial justice issues raised by modern surveillance technologies such as facial recognition, predictive policing, and social media monitoring tools.