Coping with COVID: The Plague of Excessive Force – Working Together to Find a Cure

This episode of Coping with COVID 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. Moderated by David F. Levi, ALI President and Director of the Bolch Judicial Institute, this episode welcomes four experts on policing and police reform including, Art Acevedo (Houston Police Department), Ashley Allison (The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights), Barry Friedman (NYU Law), and Lori Lightfoot (City of Chicago) 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.

This episode was produced jointly by The American Law Institute and the Bolch Judicial Institute at Duke Law School. To listen to the podcast version of this episode, visit The full episode transcript is available here. Please excuse typos due to inaudible passages or transcription errors.

The views and opinions expressed on this episode are those of the speakers and do not necessarily reflect the policy or position of The American Law Institute or the speakers’ organizations. The content presented in this broadcast is for informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice. Please be advised that episodes explore complex and often sensitive legal topics and may contain mature content.


Published: 2020


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