Policy Forum

Lessons from Ferguson

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Date and Time
September 10, 2014 4 - 5:30 PM EDT
Policy Center with Foyer
Featuring Alice Goffman, Author, On the Run (University of Chicago Press, 2014); Neill Franklin, Executive Director, Law Enforcement Officers Against Prohibition (LEAP); Ethan Brown, Author, Snitch (Public Affairs, 2007); and Lauren Victoria Burke, Creator, Crewof42 Blog; moderated by Tim Lynch, Director, Project on Criminal Justice, Cato Institute.

The shooting of Michael Brown by police officer Darren Wilson sparked days of protest in Ferguson, Missouri. Meanwhile, in New York City, thousands of residents have protested the violent arrest that led to Eric Garner’s death. In recent years, the Department of Justice has sought to clean up police forces in Albuquerque, New Orleans, Seattle, and Detroit. Are the tensions that boiled over in Ferguson simmering in other cities? What are the lessons to be drawn from events in Ferguson? Has American law enforcement become overly aggressive and militarized? Are minorities being treated unfairly? Is police misconduct widespread? Join us for a wide‐​ranging discussion about Ferguson and American policing.