Jonathan Newton, 3L & SBA President, In News For Activism, Leadership
Thursday, July 21, 2016
Posted by: Jordan Uhl
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Washington, DC—Jonathan Newton, President of the National Association Against Police Brutality (NAAPB) and a 3L at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law (UDC-DCSL), has been making headlines.
To combat conflicts of interest, Newton created an online tool that serves as a help hotline for victims of police brutality.
"I wanted to see something that was more victim-oriented,” Newton told WUSA 9. “And empowering victims to be able to take charge of the situation by reporting it themselves."
By creating a national network of legal experts, Newton's organization can field complaints, determine the validity and, if necessary, spring into action.
Then they'll connect people with lawyers in their area or even psychologists or social workers, WAMU 88.5 FM explains.
During his 1L year, Newton and several of his classmates organized and formed NAAPB, with a mission to:
“[E]ducate citizens concerning their rights when encountering the police, to empower communities to eliminate police brutality through changing the law and creating better policies for policing, and to increase accountability by collaborating with citizens, victims, advocates and civil rights attorneys to remove officers and elected officials who show insufficient regard for the true ideals of our system of justice. “
Newton, a former police officer who blew the whistle on corruption, has been organizing panels & events, and leading and participating in protests advocating for police accountability and equity in the criminal justice system. Newton, in addition to serving as the Student Bar Association President, is also spearheading an organizational effort to crowd source ideas for a national conference on Black Lives Matter, systemic racism, racial inequality, police brutality & accountability.
More information on NAAPB and its work can be found here.
Watch Newton's interview with WUSA here: