The killing of George Floyd on May 25, 2020, at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, sparked nationwide protests and rekindled the national debate concerning the use and misuse of physical violence by law enforcement officers in Black communities. It also reinforced the need for greater police accountability. The public also raised concerns about the way officers responded to these public protests, primarily led by black protestors. As a result of this data, these events, and in observance of Black History Month 2021, on Thursday, February 4, 2021, The Earl Carl Institute for Legal & Social Policy partnered with Texas Southern University’s (TSU) Thurgood Law, the Thurgood Marshall Law Review and the TSU Center for Justice Research to co-present a virtual national conference, sponsored by the American Association for Justice, Robert L. Habush Endowment, entitled, “Police Misconduct & Qualified Immunity: Reimagining "We the People." This conference provided a timely, relevant, and much-needed discussion on the disproportionate use of force by police in interactions with black people and the disparate treatment of black protestors in the United States. It also examined the long-lasting effect of police violence on families, remedies for people injured by police violence and how protestors should be treated given First Amendment Protections, including a review of the inequitable treatment of black protestors throughout U.S. history. This publication is a transcription of the conference sessions which were: • The Criminal Justice System: "George Floyd Bill" & Qualified Immunity • The Anatomy of §1983 Litigation • The U.S. Constitution, Reimagining "We the People as an Inclusive Construct • The Future of 1st Amendment Protests Protections: Examining the Use of Brutality on those Fighting Against Violence
Guidry, Sarah R.
"Police Misconduct & Qualified Immunity: Reimagining "We the "People" Conference Introduction,"
The Bridge: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Legal & Social Policy: Vol. 6
, Article 1.
Available at: https://digitalscholarship.tsu.edu/thebridge/vol6/iss1/1