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Copwatch: Community Based Police Accountability

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Spring 2016
Legal Studies 98.2 / 198.2
2 Unit(s)

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About the Course:

Class Overview:

Through a combination of class presentations by leading activists in the alternative justice movement and direct field monitoring of police on duty, students will experience first hand the complex issues faced by residents caught between high crime in their neighborhoods and the dangers that racial profiling, civil and human rights abuses bring to the community. Students will be trained in basic criminal procedure, power analysis, and techniques for observing police activity. In addition, students will examine the history and origins of police, resistance movements, and community based alternatives to the justice system as we know it.


Student Learning Outcomes


By the end of this semester, students will:


       Know and be able to assert their rights when stopped by police

       Be able to identify constitutional police practices and procedures              

       Be able to document police misconduct and know how to evaluate a potential case for civil rights violations

       Be able to interact with civil authorities in pursuit of individual complaints, public records act requests, class action lawsuits

       Analyze the causes of police misconduct and recommend possible solutions



Students will be required to attend weekly lectures, go out on regular Copwatch patrols and provide written responses to writings provided by the facilitators.

How to Enroll:

Email to reserve a spot, then CCNs will be given out on the first day of class, which is February 1st!

Course Contact: copwatchdecal AT

Faculty Sponsor: Jonathan Simon

Time & Location:

Section 1Emma Fogel Peyton Provenzano
20247 DwinelleM 5p-6:30p2/01started

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