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"They Have All the Power": Youth/Police Encounters on Chicago's South Side

Craig Futterman, Chaclyn Hunt and Jamie Kalven
University of Chicago Law School

Public conversations about urban police practices tend to exclude the perspectives and experiences of the young Black people, the citizens often most affected by those practices. The aim of the Youth/Police Project -- a collaboration of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic of the University of Chicago Law School and the Invisible Institute -- is to access that critical knowledge and ensure that it is represented in the public discourse. This paper describes what we have learned from our ongoing project. In contrast to the attention commanded by high profile incidents of police abuse, we focus on the routine encounters between police and Black youth that take place countless times every day in cities across the nation -- interactions that shape how kids see police and how police see them. address these issues. Central to our recommendations is acknowledging the realities of young people living in marginalized communities. Drawing on our work with youth, we propose a set of policies that, taken together, have the potential to yield more equitable and constructive relationships between Black communities and police.

Mississippi Schools Can No Longer Handcuff Students to Objects

In a settlement with the Southern Poverty Law Center, public schools in Jackson, MS will no longer be permitted to handcuff students to objects or poles. Capital City Alternatives School employees had been handcuffing students to punish them for violations as harmless as improper clothing. The USDC ruled that school employees must stop handcuffing students under the age of thirteen, and can only handcuff older students for crimes. No student may be handcuffed to objects. Jody Owens, director of the Southern Poverty Law Center office in Mississippi, litigated this case. Source: ABC News