Policing Posts

October 2018 Council Updates

During its meeting in New York City on October 18 and 19, the ALI Council reviewed drafts for seven Institute projects. Drafts or portions of drafts for six projects received Council approval, subject to the meeting discussion and to the usual prerogative to make nonsubstantive editorial improvements.

NYU Policing Project Finds Nashville Traffic Stops Ineffective for Reducing Crime

The Policing Project, in partnership with the Stanford Computational Policy Lab, traveled to Nashville to release our assessment of the use of traffic stops by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department (MNPD) as a crime fighting strategy in the city. Our thorough assessment of using traffic stops to address crime—the first study of its kind in the nation—was presented before the city council and the public.

Project Spotlight: Principles of the Law, Policing

This project is providing guidance to legislative bodies, courts, and policing issues where there is the most need, including where research, technology, and experience are rendering current approaches to policing obsolete.

What the #MeToo Campaign Teaches About Stop and Frisk

“What the #Metoo Campaign Teaches About Stop and Frisk” applies feminist tools to investigate current policing methods. Feminist tools exposed sexual harassment by listening to the stories of those affected, by a nuanced understanding of power dynamics, and by recognizing that consent is impossible within certain unequal relationships.

The Worrisome Future of Policing Technology

A New York Times op-ed piece discusses the recent U.S. Supreme Court opinion in Carpenter v. United States, which ruled that the government must now have probable cause and a warrant to access cellphone location records.

Interrogation Parity

Over the past several years there has been increased focus on the way police are treated by the criminal justice system and their own internal disciplinary mechanisms. Scholars and the media have taken note of special interrogation protections afforded to the police when they become the target of internal or criminal investigation.

Pushback Against the CLOUD Act

USA Today addresses the privacy concerns raised after Congress passed the CLOUD Act, a bill that would allow police in other countries to have access to emails and other electronic communications more easily from their own citizens as well as Americans.