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College of Law Lecture Focuses on Police Violence and the Fourth Amendment

The UC College of Law will host the lecture 'A Feature, Not a Bug: Police Violence and the Fourth Amendment,' a discussion exploring the use of excessive force, police accountability and the Constitution, at 12:15 p.m., Thursday, April 12, in Room 114 of the College of Law.

Date: 4/2/2018 5:00:00 PM
By: Sherry English
Phone: (513) 556-0060

UC ingot   Despite emerging social movements and growing media attention, police violence against unarmed individuals continues to be a dire issue in our communities; scores of people are unjustly beaten, maimed, and killed each day. If the Fourth Amendment is designed to prevent police officers from using excessive force and also hold them accountable when they do, why does this problem persist?  Professor Osagie Obasogie will discuss these issues in the lecture “A Feature, Not a Bug: Police Violence and the Fourth Amendment.”

The research presented in this lecture blends sociological and doctrinal examinations with critical theory to understand the relationship between Constitutional commitments and police departments’ use of force policies. This draws attention to not only how the Fourth Amendment fails to do the work that we think it should, but also produces the problem of excessive force by police officers.

About The Speaker
Osagie K. Obasogie is the Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics at the University of California, Berkeley, in the Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health. He leads the Health Disparities Research Cluster at the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society.

Obasogie’s research interests include Constitutional law, bioethics, sociology of law, and reproductive and genetic technologies. His work also looks at the past and present roles of science in both constructing racial meanings and explaining racial disparities.

His first book, “Blinded By Sight: Seeing Race Through the Eyes of the Blind” was awarded the Hebert Jacob Book Prize by the Law & Society Association and his second book, “Beyond Bioethics: Toward a New Biopolitics” (with Marcy Darnovsky) was recently published by the University of California Press. Obasogie’s writings have appeared in scholarly journals such as the Law & Society Review, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, and Stanford Technology Law Review as well as journalistic outlets such as the New York Times, Slate, and Scientific American.

Professor Obasogie began his career at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, teaching courses on Constitutional Law, race, and law and the health sciences.

About the University of Cincinnati College of Law
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