University of Pittsburgh

David Harris on U.S. Attorney David Hickton's Civil Rights Roundtable

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October 30, 2011

Professor David Harris commented on the U.S. Attorney David Hickton's civil rights roundtable.  In the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Professor Harris explained how he helped form the group, drawing on similar efforts in other cities that he studied and wrote about in his book, "Good Cops: The Case for Preventive Policing" (2005).  According to Professor Harris, after the police beating of CAPA High School honor student Jordan Miles and the decision not to prosecute the officers involved, "I had frankly never seen [police-community relations in Pittsburgh] as bad as this, at least since the consent decree" in 1997, when the Pittsburgh Police Bureau agreed to Department of Justice oversight.  The U.S. Attorney's roundtable approach, Harris said, is an initiative that can turn things in a positive direction.

Link to Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article

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