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Unarmed black males 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 males, as well as the legitimacy of lethal force by police. Many have questioned whether black males 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 males—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 hosted 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 took questions from the audience.
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President-elect Bolsonaro has embraced tough-on-crime measures that egregiously violate basic human rights and eviscerate the rule of law. Responding to Brazil’s 63,880 homicides in 2017, Bolsonaro calls for increasing protection for police officers who kill alleged criminals and arming citizens. He calls for further militarizing urban policing, reducing the age of criminal liability from 18 to 16, reinstating the death penalty, authorizing torture in interrogations and imprisoning more people... Brazil’s police are already notorious for being one of the world’s deadliest in the use of force. In many favelas, Brazil’s retired and current police officers operate illegal militias that extort and control local communities, murdering those who oppose them and engaging in warfare with Brazil’s highly-violent gangs and in social cleansing. Bolsonaro is simply threatening to turn the rest of the police into state-sanctioned thugs.