Over the course of a decade, a team of Chicago police officers, involved in the illicit drug trade, framed individuals who did not cooperate with them by planting drugs on them. Investigative Reporter Jamie Kalven recently exposed the story, and has worked this past year with the Exoneration Project to secure the release of two of the individuals who were framed. As Joshua Tepfer, one of the leads on the Exoneration Project put it, this is just “the tip of the iceberg.”
In 2011 Brandon Bethea died in a Harnett Country jail after being shot by a detention officer with a Taser. The killing was caught on videotape but no one was ever charged. Four years later, a Harnett county deputy police officer, with no search or arrest warrant, shot and killed John Livingston in his house. In the prior two years, that police officer had committed more arrests on the charge of resisting a police officer than any other deputy in the department. Recently, five North Carolina Sheriffs determined that there was no probable cause to revoke or suspend his certification. In her four-part series for the News and Observer, “Deadly Force,”
Investigative Journalist Mandy Locked exposed Bethea’s death and covered extensively the police squads of Harnett Country.
Join us on February 7th for a conversation with Jamie Kalven and Mandy Locke on police killings and abuses as well as the structures of silence and accountability that sustain or expose them.
This event is co-sponsored by the Duke Law School’s Innocence Project. Panelists include:
• Jamie Kalven (Journalist and Founder and Executive Director of the Invisible Institute)
• Mandy Locke (News and Observer, Investigative Journalist)
• Moderated by James Coleman (Duke Law School, John S. Bradway Professor of the Practice of Law)
This event is part of the on-going discussion series Conversations in Human Rights, bringing together panelists from other institutions and Duke faculty to engage with their research on hot-button international human rights issues. The series draws together the social sciences, humanities, law, and policy.
Please RSVP to Kate Abendroth by Thursday, February 2nd at noon.
Police Abuse and Impunity: Cover-Up or Standard Operating Procedure?
Tuesday, February 7th, 2017, 4:00-5:30 pm
Duke Law School, Room 3041