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A Feminist Critique of Police Stops (Zoom Program)
Monday, April 26, 2021 | 3:30pm - 4:30pm UTC
Professor Josephine Ross, Howard University School of Law
Moderated by: Retired Juvenile Court Judge Jay D. Blitzman
A Feminist Critique of Police Stops examines the parallels between stop-and-frisk policing and sexual harassment. An expert whose writing, teaching and community outreach centers on the Constitution’s limits on police power, Howard Law Professor Josephine Ross, argues that our constitutional rights are a mirage. In reality, we can’t say no when police seek to question or search us. Building on feminist principles, Ross demonstrates why the Supreme Court got it wrong when it allowed police to stop, search, and sometimes strip-search people and call it consent. Using a wide range of sources – including her law students’ experiences with police, news stories about Eric Garner, and Sandra Bland, social science and the work of James Baldwin – Ross sheds new light on policing. This book should be read by everyone interested in how Court-approved police stops sap everyone’s constitutional rights and how this form of policing can be eliminated.
Josephine Ross is a law professor at Howard University School of Law and an expert on policing and the US Constitution. She began her career as a criminal defense lawyer and has supervised law students in the criminal courts of Massachusetts and the District of Columbia as they represented clients charged with misdemeanors.
You can order the book, A Feminist Critique of Police Stops, at Politics and Prose, or 20% off at Cambridge University Press (using code Ross2020) or on Amazon (hard cover, paperback, kindle).