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Dean Broderick's Statement On Porter Verdict And Invitation To Teach-In

Wednesday, December 16, 2015   (0 Comments)
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Jordan Uhl
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Washington, DCDear Community: 

By now you have seen that the jury considering the first officer charged in Freddie Gray’s death was not able to reach a verdict.

But, of course, the struggle for justice for communities of color neither began nor ends with the trial of Officer William Porter. The need to address police violence, and the conflict between police and many communities, is not about the conduct of an individual officer. Criminal accountability for misconduct is important, but insufficient to address the deep and abiding problems of policing in this country. The harmful practices we see today find their origin in the immoral stain of slavery. Structural solutions are essential.

At core, the role and oversight of police in a democratic society must be better defined and addressed. Those in communities most likely to be policed must have a key voice. The Black Lives Matter Movement illuminated the issue and millions of people across the country have become involved. The energy of the struggle and the remarkable leadership of thousands of individuals is cause for hope. 

Nothing we can do can take away the pain of Freddie Gray’s death to his family and to all who have already been affected by violence.  The School of Law has taken steps to be part of this movement, but we can do more.  We must do more. Toward this end, we will hold a teach-in on January 14, 2016 at noon to discuss next steps. Please plan to join us and to contribute ideas on how we, together, can effect positive change. 

Shelley Broderick, Dean

UDC David A. Clarke School of Law


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