Kami Chavis discusses policing and hate crimes with media worldwide

Kami Chavis

(Winston-Salem, N.C., July 1, 2020) — Professor Kami Chavis, a globally recognized expert on policing and police accountability, hate crimes, and police reform, contributed to national and international media coverage on the Black Lives Matter movement and the protests that followed the death of George Floyd.

Below is a list of her media contributions:

• Senators are demanding a solution to police stopping black men for wearing — and not wearing — masks (quoted) (Vox)

• After Ahmaud Arbery killing, push for Georgia hate crime law sees “newfound resurgence” (quoted) (CBS News)

• What would meaningful police reform look like? (interview) (Minnesota Public Radio)

• Protests Spread Beyond Big Cities, From Raleigh to Santa Rosa (quoted) (The Wall Street Journal)

• Anger and Unrest Sweep Across U.S. (quoted) (The Wall Street Journal)

• ‘Enough is enough’: ‘Intensity’ of US protests could be catalyist for change (interview) (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

• The US movement to abolish the police (interview) (Al Jazeera‘s The Take podcast)

• 7 Ways Mindfulness Could Support Compassionate Policing (Mindful)

• Improving Community Safety Means Addressing Police Violence as a Public Health Problem (op-ed) (coauthored) (Jurist)

• A Former Minneapolis Police Officer’s Case Shows An Example Of Selective Justice (interview) (NPR Weekend Edition)

• Who Is the Floyd Family’s Lawyer? (quoted) (The New Yorker)

• If we truly value Black lives, end stand-your-ground (op-ed) (Columbus Dispatch)

• Georgia’s lieutenant governor proposes new hate crimes bill, igniting new concerns over passage (quoted) (CBS News)

• DA’s Police Reform Proposals Stop Short of Addressing Prosecutions (quoted) (Voice of San Diego)

• Georgia leader proposes expanded version of hate crimes law (quoted) (Associated Press)

• Body cameras are seen as key to police reform. But do they increase accountability? (quoted) (PBS News Hour)

• Law Schools Have Started a Criminal Justice Reform Movement (quoted) (Insight Into Diversity)

Professor Chavis is a former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia whose litigation experience serves as a cornerstone to her scholarship in criminal justice and criminal procedure. Because her expertise is expansive, Professor Chavis is a leader in criminal justice reform and often writes and consults on matters of police and police accountability, federal hate crime legislation and enforcement, and racial profiling. She is also the authority on police body-cameras, having frequently contributed to local, national, and international media coverage on police killings of black men in the U.S.

Professor Kami Chavis is currently the associate provost for academic initiatives at Wake Forest University in addition to her role as director of the Wake Forest School of Law Criminal Justice Program.