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Deadly force: The legal basis of police shootings of unarmed black men in America

Unarmed black men continue to be disproportionately victimized by police violence in America. A sequence of recent high-profile shootings have sparked a national conversation on the treatment and perceived value of black men, as well as the legitimacy of lethal force by police. Many have questioned whether black men receive the same protections under the law or the same guarantee of the right to life and security as other individuals. What are the legal frameworks governing the use of excessive force by law enforcement? How has a history of systemic racism shaped the origin and application of these laws with respect to police conduct toward black men—and with respect to holding police officers accountable through the judicial system?

On Friday, Oct. 26, the Race, Prosperity & Inclusion Initiative at the Brookings Institution will host a moderated discussion with legal, academic, and advocacy experts to examine these pressing issues and challenges and explore policy options to address the cycle of police brutality against black males.

After the session, panelists will take audience questions. This event will also be webcast live.


Ngozi Ndulue

Director of Research and Special Projects - Death Penalty Information Center

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