NCBL WEBINAR
RESISTING POLICE VIOLENCE

An NCBL Webinar Recorded LIVE:  June 04, 2020

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In this webinar, an expert panel provided context for the current crisis, discuss recent developments in the cases of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, George Floyd, and community strategies that address the demands of systemic change.

Resisting Police ViolenceWEBINAR
00:00 / 1:25:02

OUR PRESENTERS

ANNETTE ENSLEY

MODERATOR

  • Lifetime Member, National Conference of Black Lawyers

LENNOX S. HINDS

LEGAL MATTERS

  • Professor Emeritus, Program in Criminal Justice, Rutgers University, ret

  • Global Human Rights Remedies and American Police Crimes

MARGARET BURNHAM

FRAMING

  • University Distinguished Professor of Law, Northeastern University

  • Black Resistance: From Slavery Abolition to Police Abolition​

R. GARY SPENCER

LEGAL MATTERS

  • R. Gary Spencer, PC, Atlanta, GA

  • Legal Developments: The cases of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and George Floyd

CHERYL HARRIS

FRAMING

  • Rosalinde & Arthur Gilbert Professor in Civil rights and Civil LIberties

  • The University of California at Los Angeles School of Law

  • Police Murder: Racial Meaning and Racial Capitalism

NANA

GYAMFI

COMMUNITIES

IN STRUGGLE

  • Executive Director, Black Alliance for Just Immigration

  • Community Strategies to Control Racist Policing

GERALDINE S. HINES

LEGAL MATTERS

  • Associate Justice, Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, ret

  • Visiting Professor, Boston College Law School

  • Police Accountability and Federal and State Authority: Current Issues

The public execution of George Floyd by the police, along with the murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and Tony McDade is but the latest in the unending litany of acts of state-sanctioned violence against our people. Long before COVID-19, Black people have had to resist the racial pandemic of white supremacy that has underwritten ongoing acts of terror and the blatant refusal of the state to hold the perpetrators accountable.

 

We have seen this pattern before. Yet, this is a historical moment, not because these tragic acts are exceptional, but because of the people's righteous refusal to accept them as normal and to resist, even in the context of a major pandemic that has fallen so heavily on Black communities. As lawyers, community organizers, and activists committed to Black liberation, we must recognize the current imperative to align ourselves with those giving voice to the critique and the vision that we need to protect Black life.

 

This is a time to deepen our understanding of the historical and contemporary role of the police as guardians of racial capitalism. And it's a time to reflect on what's different about this moment of revolt. It is a time to reflect on what's different about this moment of revolt. It's a time to consider how recent legal developments have entrenched rather than constrained racist policing practices and to protect against federal and state suppression of the constitutional right to protest. And it's a time to explore community initiatives to control the police and to consider how they can be adapted elsewhere.

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