Keeping Us Down or Keeping Us Safe? Law Enforcement in the 21st Century (December 2014)

Panel:

  • 15938083071 439c0dfd5d kACLU of Indiana Executive Director Jane Henegar joined panelists in Gary to discuss 21st century policingModerator, Doug Ross, Editorial Page Editor of The Times of Northwest Indiana
  • Jane Henegar, ACLU of Indiana Executive Director
  • Indiana Rep. Linda Lawson (D-Hammond)
  • Ronald M. Mullins, Chair, Hammond Human Relations Commission
  • Monica Solinas-Saunders, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice, Indiana University Northwest

Photo Credit: Dominick Lopez, Indiana University Northwest

The shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed Black teenager, by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, is a grim reminder that we often experience two kinds of law enforcement, one that protects and another that frightens people and destroys lives. Cheap and plentiful military surplus, including assault rifles and MRAPs (mine-resistant armor-protected vehicles), has made its way to Indiana communities large and small. We expect the police to enforce our laws and keep us safe, but should we allow our neighborhoods to be turned into war zones in the process? What are the constitutional boundaries protecting against unnecessary force and unreasonable searches and seizures? What does all this mean for 21st Century policing?

 

 

 

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