Removing White Hoods from the Blue Line: A Legislative Solution to White Supremacy in Law Enforcement
On May 25, 2020, George Floyd took his final breaths. His death at the hands of multiple Minneapolis police officers was recorded by witnesses and viewed by millions. The public response to Floyd’s death was immediate and powerful. Americans were demanding change on a greater scale than ever before. The problem with policing is not Derek Chauvin, or the Minneapolis Police Department, but rather with the very institution. White supremacy is alive and well in American policing. This Note begins by examining the historic connection between white supremacist groups and law enforcement agencies. This Note then evaluates existing standards of conduct for federal law enforcement agents and judicial employees. This Note concludes by proposing a heightened standard of conduct for law enforcement employees and exploring various methods for implementation of the standard.
Hope Elizabeth Barnes,
Removing White Hoods from the Blue Line: A Legislative Solution to White Supremacy in Law Enforcement,
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