Alabama Civil Rights & Civil Liberties Symposium
April 1, 2016, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
University of Alabama School of Law Moot Court Room
Redefining Clearly Established Rights after Ferguson: § 1983 Claims and Community Policing from Hope v. Pelzer to Kingsley v. Hendrickson.
The highly publicized and controversial deaths of Michael Brown, Freddie Gray, and Tamir Rice have sparked a national conversation about community policing and the use of deadly force. This symposium will draw together experts from across the nation to examine the complicated set of issues that arises in the context of policing and use of force. The colloquy will consider both the constitutional and civil rights dimensions of the use of force, with particular focus on avenues for rendering existing legal remedies more responsive to current concerns. Attention will be paid to issues of racial justice as well as a range of pragmatic, on-the-ground aspects of (and impediments to) reform. The conversation will also include a lunchtime panel of law enforcement officers, prosecutors, and practitioners who will offer a first-hand account of the challenges associated with community policing and the use of force.