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Let the Sunshine In: Illuminating the Powerful Role Police Unions Play in Shielding Officer Misconduct

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Katherine J. Bies (Stanford Law School)

  • Stanford, CA

In recent years, videos capturing the fatal shootings of unarmed men of color by police officers have swept media outlets and public discourse. Facilitated by cellphone video and social media and spurred by a new generation of Black Lives Matter activists, public awareness of excessive force incidents has gained new momentum and shined a light on broader concerns about racial disparities within our criminal justice system. This report highlights states’ efforts to provide access to officer disciplinary records (through “sunshine legislation”) and the obstacles that police unions pose when trying to pass and enforce these laws.

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