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Mini Law School: Civil Rights Suits | Law Enforcement Officer Use of Force

From Ferguson, Mo., to Clovis, N.M., to Put-In-Bay, Ohio, civil rights lawsuits are being filed against police departments, jails and municipalities at an alarming rate. The majority of these suits stem from law enforcement use of force, often resulting in serious injury or death. It brings the conversation to the table, when is lethal force acceptable? Do police policies need to be examined, made more uniform or be overhauled completely? Join Marcia McCormick, Saint Louis University School of Law Professor and Director of the Wefel Center for Employment Law; and Chad Flanders, Assistant Professor, Saint Louis University School of Law, in this lively discussion that explores these questions. In this Mini Law School forum, it’s easy to see how vastly public opinion varies on the topic and how emotionally charged the issue can be. Bonus: one of the Mini Law School students happens to also be a law enforcement officer.

Listen to the podcast here:

Missouri Bar Mini Law School: Civil Rights Suits [Download]

Missouri Bar Mini Law School: Law Enforcement Officer Use of Force [Download]


Each lecture and podcast is provided in two, 1-hour segments for easy downloading and listening. Stay tuned as the entire Spring 2015 six-week lecture series are posted as podcasts here on the MissouriLawyersHelp.org/blog. Next week: Media and the Law. 

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