The Challenge of Deterring Bad Police Behavior: Implementing Reforms that Hold Police Accountable

52 Pages Posted: 4 Nov 2020

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Robert M. Bloom

Boston College Law School

Nina Labovich

Boston College Law School

Date Written: September 17, 2020

Abstract

Systemic racism in the United States is pervasive. It runs through every aspect of society, from healthcare to education. Changing all of the parts of society touched by racism is necessary, however, this Article does not provide a cure for systemic racism. It seeks to address a byproduct of this racism: police brutality. Over and over, headlines broadcast the deaths of Black Americans at the hands of the police – why has nothing changed? This Article argues that meaningful reform requires trust in U.S. law enforcement, which can only be achieved by holding police accountable and deterring misconduct. To do so, this Article proposes meaningful and forceful police licensing to guarantee more third-party, unbiased oversight.

Suggested Citation

Bloom, Robert M. and Labovich, Nina, The Challenge of Deterring Bad Police Behavior: Implementing Reforms that Hold Police Accountable (September 17, 2020). Case Western Reserve Law Review, Forthcoming, Boston College Law School Legal Studies Research Paper No. 541, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3694691

Robert M. Bloom (Contact Author)

Boston College Law School ( email )

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Nina Labovich

Boston College Law School ( email )

Chestnut Hill, MA
United States

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