Public Law

Public Law Journal: 2017, Vol. 40, No. 3

The Public Law Section Hosts Law Enforcement Use of Force and Liability Conference

On June 2, 2017, the Public Law Section hosted the Law Enforcement Use of Force and Liability Conference at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law.

The conference offered an exciting and informative discussion of municipal law enforcement use of force and associated liability. The conference focused on recent developments in police officer use of force, including panels on racial profiling, recent U.S. Supreme Court case law, technological use of force, and use of force investigations.

Speakers included the Commissioner of the California Highway Patrol Joe Farrow; attorney Mark D. Jarmie, counsel in the U.S. Supreme Court cases of White v. Pauly and Los Angeles County v. Mendez; and attorney John D. Barnett, lead counsel for the officer in the BART police shooting case and former lead counsel for the officers in the Rodney King and Fullerton police officer shooting cases. Panel topics included "Racial Identity and Profiling," "Body Cameras, Killer Robots and Ethics in Police Investigations," and "Use of Force and Investigations." The panels examined federal and state laws in the context of recent current events and offered strategies and advice on law enforcement policies and defendants’ right. Dean Erwin Chemerinsky of UC Berkeley School of Law gave the keynote address.

The conference was well attended and one of the best conferences presented by the Public Law Section to date, as the topics and discussion were extremely timely given the national attention on officer shootings. The Section is grateful to USC Gould School of Law for hosting the event and for all of the speakers and attendees.

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