Recent events nationwide have brought police-community relations into the limelight, raising serious questions about accountability, overenforcement, and abuse of force, particularly in the context of race. As communities, police departments, lawmakers, advocates, and activists struggle to make sense of recent casualties of police abuse--Oscar Grant, Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and others--serious questions about policies and practices become important. What are the limits of discretion in law enforcement? To what extent can racial biases be addressed through legal processes? What are the boundaries of exclusion and apprehension in public space? Do different spaces—public transit stations, the street, neighborhoods—differ in the ability to exclude and profile people in them? Should policing power be extended to neighborhood watches and private patrols? Is increased visibility--lapel cameras, cellular phones, and social media--a viable solution? How to make sense of accountability and enforcement mechanisms?
These issues beg for a knowledgeable, high-quality conversation, which Hastings is uniquely positioned to host. The conference will feature academics, law enforcement agents, civil rights organizations, lawyers and community activists, in conversation about the future of policing in the aftermath of tragedy, community outrage, and calls for reform. It is the kind of conversation that the Bay Area, and the nation, needs and deserves.
View schedule and panelists, and register online here.