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Professor Kami Chavis says Minnesota police shooting reignites debate over aggressive police tactics

Professor Kami Chavis, Associate Dean for Research and Public Engagement and Director of the Criminal Justice Program, says Wednesday night’s fatal shooting of a Minnesota man by police during a traffic stop in a St. Paul suburb has reignited the debate over aggressive police tactics used against racial minorities in America.

The New York Times reports aftermath of Philando Castile’s shooting was captured in a grisly video recorded by the car’s front-seat passenger and streamed live.

“The police shooting of Philando Castile comes on the heels of another violent police encounter that ended in the death of Alton Sterling in Louisiana,” Chavis says. “While it is important to wait for a full investigation to gain  a better understanding of the events that transpired in both of these cases, it is undeniable that these incidents will further strain relations between police and communities nationwide.”

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Professor Kami Chavis authors op/ed in The Nation on Timothy Foster case and discriminatory jury selection

Professor Kami Chavis authored the following op/ed, “The Supreme Court Didn’t Fix Racist Jury Selection,” originally published in The Nation on May 31, 2016.

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Professor Kami Chavis Simmons tells Christian Science Monitor the Tamir Rice settlement won’t spur reform

Professor Kami Chavis Simmons was quoted in the following article, “After $6 million Tamir Rice settlement, questions of justice linger,” published originally by The Christian Science Monitor on April 25. This story also ran in Yahoo! News.
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