PRETTY BROOK SPEAKER SERIES: James E. Johnson
James E. Johnson will give a talk entitled, "Creating Community: A New Frame For Policing After Ferguson"
Date: Sunday, March 13th, 2016Time: 2:00PM
Place: Pretty Brook Tennis Club, 229 Pretty Brook Road, Princeton, NJ
Title: "Creating Community: A New Frame For Policing After Ferguson"
Speaker: James E. Johnson '83, JD '86
Talk of a "post-racial America" that gained currency after the 2008 election has given way to the reality of persistent tensions evidenced in a spate of incidents around the country recently involving lethal use of force by police. Jim Johnson, who chaired New Jersey's 2007 Advisory Committee on Police Standards, acknowledges that racial perceptions contribute to escalating tensions between police and community even in neighborhoods battling high crime, which is why New Jersey and many other jurisdictions have instituted police training in implicit bias. But pointing to incidents where there is no apparent difference in racial identity between officer and citizen, Johnson sees a deeper problem in a mindset of law enforcement "control." The discussion he will lead promises to be lively and provocative.
Johnson, a litigation partner at Debevoise & Plimpton, former undersecretary of the Treasury for enforcement in the Clinton administration, and member of the Harvard board of overseers, lives in Montclair.
NOTE: Registration for Pretty Brook Events is limited to paid members only. Each member may bring one guest to this event.
Organizer: Jeff Laurenti
Cost: No cost to dues paying members and their guest
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