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June 18, 2018

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Police, Politics and Protest
Last Featured: 1/22/2001

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Over the past few years, we have seen a resurgence of political demonstrations reminiscent of the 1960’s but, these days, the thousands of young activists aren’t mobilizing against a war or fighting for civil rights. They’re protesting globalization and corporate power. Recent showdowns between protestors and police have turned violent and militaristic in ways that have surprised the nation and the world and have raised questions about whether the police are enforcing the law or breaking it.... Are the police protecting public safety or violating freedom of speech and assembly?

David Rudovsky has been a partner in the Philadelphia law firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Epstein, Messing & Rau since its founding in 1971. He specializes in civil rights, civil liberties, and criminal defense litigation. Mr. Rudovsky has argued two cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, one on governmental wiretapping, and one on municipal liability for failure to properly train police. He is the author of Police Misconduct: Law and Litigation and is a Senior Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. In 1986, he received a MacArthur Fellowship for his work.

Robert Louden has been the Director of the Criminal Justice Center and Security Management Institute at John Jay College of Criminal Justice since 1987. He was a Lieutenant, Commander of Detective Squad and Chief Hostage Negotiator in the New York City Police Department. He is a trainer and consultant to law enforcement agencies in the areas of crisis management, dispute resolution, kidnapping and extortion, and counter terrorism. In the aftermath of the World Trade Organization meeting in Seattle, Mr. Louden was on the team chosen by Seattle’s Mayor to conduct a comprehensive review of the city’s preparations for that event.

Closing Quote
"In our system, any word that deviates from the views of another person may start an argument or cause a disturbance. But, our Constitution says we must take this risk. And our history says that it is this sort of hazardous freedom, this kind of openness, that is the basis of our national strength and of the independence and vigor of Americans who grow up and live in this relatively permissive, often disputatious society."

— U.S. Supreme Court Justice Abe Fortas

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