Criminal Justice

#PurpleChairChat Episode 5: Race, Policing, and the Constitution

CAC’s President Elizabeth Wydra, Civil Rights Director David H. Gans, and Director of Policy Kristine Kippins discuss the history of abusive policing that led to the ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, and why ending qualified immunity is necessary to restore police accountability. 

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