Robert S. Marx Lecture: Prof. Osagie Obasogie
April 12, 2018 12:10pm
Speaker: Prof. Osagie Obasogie
Professor Osagie Obasogie, Hass Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics, University of California, Berkeley, in the Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health, will present "A Feature, Not a Bug: Police Violence and the Fourth Amendment."
About the Lecture: Despite emerging social movements and growing media attention, police violence against unarmed individuals continues to be a dire issue in our communities; scores of people are unjustly beaten, maimed, and killed each day. If the Fourth Amendment is designed to prevent police officers from using excessive force and also hold them accountable when they do, why does this problem persist? The research presented in this lecture blends sociological and doctrinal examinations with critical theory to understand the relationship between Constitutional commitments and police departments’ use of force policies. This draws attention to not only how the Fourth Amendment fails to do the work that we think it should, but also produces the problem of excessive force by police officers.
About the Speaker:
Osagie K. Obasogie is the Haas Distinguished Chair and Professor of Bioethics in the Joint Medical Program and School of Public Health. He began his career at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law as an Associate and then full Professor of Law, teaching courses on Constitutional Law, race, and law and the health sciences. He joined Berkeley in 2016. Learn more about the professor: Osagie Obasogie