Northeastern University Chief of Police Michael Davis has been a part of a range of efforts and initiatives at the national level examining law enforcement practices, particularly those involving race and policing.
Police in Louisiana shot and killed Alton Sterling on Tuesday. A day later, police in Minnesota fatally shot Philando Castile. Both men were black. And both shootings were captured in grisly videos by bystanders—videos that quickly circulated on social media. Here, law professor Jessica Silbey talks about the role technology now plays in influencing the conversation about race and policing, and the constitutional right of citizens to record law enforcement in public.
Northeastern, on Tuesday, refuted claims made by Boston city councilors Tito Jackson and Josh Zakim regarding the university’s strategy to respond to a possible active-shooter situation on campus. In a letter to all members of the Boston City Council, university officials noted that “NUPD officials made the Boston Police aware of the plan in mid-October, long before the issue became public.”
An interdisciplinary panel of Northeastern University professors convened on Wednesday night to discuss the factors that contributed to and arose from the shooting death of an unarmed teenager this summer in Ferguson, Missouri.
Law professor Daniel Medwed said he is conflicted about the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that police can take DNA samples from people upon arrest, noting both the privacy concerns and the potential to solve cold cases.
The death of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed, black teenager shot by self-appointed community watch captain George Zimmerman in Florida, has sparked a turbulent nationwide dialogue on race and so-called “stand your ground” laws, which authorize the use of lethal force in cases of self-defense. On Tuesday, law professor Deborah Ramirez spoke at a panel convened by Congressional Democrats to address the case.