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Policing in America Lecture Series Session #2: The Limits to Accountability: Police, Prosecutors, and Qualified Immunity

October 16 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

In this lecture series, Harvard Law School faculty members Andrew Manuel Crespo and Alexandra Natapoff will bring together an interdisciplinary group of scholars in conversation with police, prosecutors, activists, and other leading voices to analyze the complex and democratically vital questions raised by the institution of American policing. These conversations are aimed at illuminating the current moment, what brought us here, and the opportunities it presents to us as a legal and national community moving forward.

The second installment of this series looks at the limits to accountability. American policing is light on regulation. The U.S. constitution confers vast discretion on police officers to stop, arrest, and to deploy force. Prosecutors have historically been reluctant to interfere with the police function or to punish police who have violated the law. The doctrine of qualified immunity has stymied civil rights interventions. This panel will discuss the legal and political barriers to police accountability, and how this moment might fuel greater oversight.

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October 16
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
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Jenna Cowie