Now available on Reasonably Speaking this episode of “Coping with COVID,” produced jointly with the Bolch Judicial Institute, shifts attention from one pandemic to another, the plague of excessive force by police officers. This is an old and longstanding problem receiving new attention in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd. Although we have witnessed these atrocities in the past, across the nation, citizens are coming together with a renewed strength to work together to find a solution.

There is much to be done. It is a difficult moment in our history, and yet, amid this intense pain and scrutiny, perhaps there is a new opportunity for consequential reforms. This episode welcomes four experts on policing and police reform who are working toward implementing real change. A lot is riding on how we handle these issues, including the future of our democracy and the realization of a justice system that truly protects and serves all Americans.

Lori E. Lightfoot

City of Chicago

Lori E. Lightfoot is the 56th Mayor of the City of Chicago. Her campaign’s call for an ethical and responsive government and opportunities for all Chicagoans resonated in every ward of the city. Mayor Lightfoot carries the watchwords of her campaign into office: Equity*Diversity & Inclusion*Transparency*Accountability*Transformation. Mayor Lightfoot came to City Hall following a career as a manager, advocate, and reform expert, with extensive experience working at the city and federal level to make government more accountable and accessible.

Art Acevedo

Houston Police Department

Art Acevedo is the Chief of Police for the Houston Police Department (HPD) in Texas and was appointed by Mayor Sylvester Turner. He was sworn into office on November 30, 2016, and leads a department of 5,300 sworn law enforcement officers and 892 civilian support personnel in the fourth largest city in the U.S. that has 671 square miles and an annual general fund budget of $899 million.

Ashley Allison

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

Ashley Allison is Executive Vice President of Campaigns and Programs at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights. Ashley brings over a decade of outreach, community organizing and campaign experience, along with an expertise in crisis management, coalition building, and strategic planning. From July 2014 to January 2017, she was the deputy director and senior policy advisor under Valerie Jarrett in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Her portfolio included managing a team that worked with the LGBTQ, Muslim, faith, African-American, disability, and entertainment communities. Ashley’s primary policy focus at the White House was criminal justice and policing reform.

Barry Friedman

Reporter, Policing Principles

Barry Friedman is the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Professor of Law and Affiliated Professor of Politics at NYU Law.  He is one of the country’s leading authorities on constitutional law, policing, criminal procedure, and the federal courts. He is the author of the critically-acclaimed The Will of the People: How Public Opinion Has Influenced the Supreme Court and Shaped the Meaning of the Constitution (2009), and the forthcoming book on policing and the Constitution, Unwarranted: Policing without Permission(February 2017). He is the founding director of NYU Law’s Policing Project.

David F. Levi

Duke Law School

David F. Levi is the James B. Duke and Benjamin N. Duke Dean Emeritus of Law at Duke University and Director Emeritus of the Bolch Judicial Institute. He is  President of The American Law Institute. He was previously the James B. Duke and Benjamin N. Duke Dean of the School of Law. The 14th dean of Duke Law School, he served from 2007 to 2018. Prior to his appointment, he was the Chief United States District Judge for the Eastern District of California with chambers in Sacramento. He was appointed United States Attorney by President Ronald Reagan in 1986 and a United States district judge by President George H. W. Bush in 1990.

Jennifer Morinigo

The American Law Institute


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