IPP Co-Director, Professor Christy Lopez, is one of twenty members of
the D.C. Police Reform Commission, which released a 259-page report in April 2021, providing recommendations to improve public safety.
Professor Rosa Brooks, co-director of the Georgetown Law Innovative Policing Program, was a sworn, armed reserve police officer with the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Police Department from 2016-2020. In her most recent book, "Tangled up in Blue", Brooks writes about her experience with MPD and examines the complications of American policing.
Preventing and Remedying Patterns or Practices of Law Enforcement Misconduct, Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division January 2021
In this memorandum, Professor Christy Lopez focuses on three actions that the Biden administration can take immediately to restore the Division's police misconduct enforcement and ensure that the Division once again leads on this issue, rather than lagging behind.
Professor Christy Lopez argues that while much attention is being paid to the importance of reversing the harms of the Trump Administration, it is important to look beyond simply restoring the enforcement energy and ethos of the previous Administration.
Professor Christy Lopez joins other contributors in Crisis Lawyering, which shines a light on the emerging field of law dedicated to responding to and resolving the complex crises of the twenty-first century.
Professor Christy Lopez's contribution to this white paper, "Changing Mindsets and Preventing Harm", discusses how the Innovative Policing Program's ABLE Project can prevent policing harm while helping to transform policing culture.
Professor Christy Lopez joins a group of law school faculty to offer immediate, concrete steps that federal, state, and local governments can take to address enduring problems in policing.
Professors Rosa Brooks and Christy Lopez note the novel law enforcement challenges created by COVID-19 and describe the different approach police must take in light of these challenges in order to serve their traditional public safety function. The paper also address some of the unique law enforcement challenges associated with protecting populations most at risk of violence and discrimination.