COMPLETED VIDEO: 169th CityLaw Breakfast with Annette Gordon-Reed, Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard Law School

COMPLETED VIDEO: 169th CityLaw Breakfast with Annette Gordon-Reed, Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard Law School

Image Credit: CityLand On October 2, 2020, Annette Gordon-Reed, the Carl M. Loeb University Professor at Harvard Law School, spoke at the 169th CityLaw Breakfast. Professor Gordon-Reed spoke on “Policing in America: Writing a New Chapter?” Professor Ross Sandler, Director of the Center for New York City Law gave opening remarks and Dean Anthony W. Crowell provided closing remarks. This Breakfast was sponsored by ConEdison, Greenberg Traurig, and Verizon. This was the third virtual CityLaw Breakfast as in-person events are not feasible at this time due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Professor Gordon-Reed began by discussing how she taught her criminal procedure classes while she was a professor at New York Law School, highlighting how race impacts the criminal justice system. and how important it was to be able to speak with students who both had experiences with law enforcement or were members of law enforcement themselves. Professor Gordon-Reed then discussed how race was tied into the history of policing in the United States, starting with slave patrols created to capture escaped slaves which evolved into law enforcement bodies who reinforced Jim Crow laws designed to terrorize African Americans. She discussed how the evolution of our legal system and racism have helped shape and enforce the narrative of black people as “the other” in our society. Professor Gordon-Reed then talked about the rise in video and its importance in changing society’s perspective on police. Video has allowed more people not only to see the negative or dangerous interactions that black […]

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