NUPD chief: National shootings ‘disturbing,’ but present opportunity to form stronger bonds between police and communities

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.

Witness videos and the conversation about 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 corrects the record on city councilors’ claims

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.”

Understanding Ferguson

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.

3Qs: Debating the impact of ‘stand your ground’ laws

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.