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73 Fla. L. Rev. 1 (2021)
Issue 1

handle is hein.journals/uflr73 and id is 1 raw text is: DUNWODY DISTINGUISHED LECTURE IN LAW
POLICING AS PUBLIC GOOD: REFLECTING ON THE TERM TO
PROTECT AND SERVE AS DIALOGUES OF ABOLITION
Tracey Meares and Gwen Prowse *
INTRODUCTION .........................................................................................1
I. SETTING THE STAGE: THE PROBLEM OF EXCESSIVE FORCE
AS A JUMPING OFF POINT FOR DIALOGUES................................5
A .  A bo u t  P orta ls ......................................................................9
B. Theoretical Frameworks for Analyzing the Dialogues ....10
II.   ALTERNATIVE VISIONS OF POLICING........................................14
A. Policing Ourselves: Privatized Policing......................14
B. Policing Aspirations: A Role for the State .......................17
C.   The  Curriculum    Reconciled..............................................20
C O N C LU SIO N ....................................................................................... 2 1
APPENDIX ...............................................................................................23
A. Portals Locations .............................................................23
B. Data Collection ................................................................25
C. Analysis ............................................................................26
D. iPad Survey Questions......................................................28
E. Participant-Level Attributes..............................................29
INTRODUCTION
This Essay is based on a lecture that was to be delivered in person in
March 2020 but was cancelled as a result of the initial ravages of the
COVID-19 pandemic. That a discussion of policing in the United States
was cancelled because of what may well turn out to be the most
* Tracey L. Meares is Walton Hale Hamilton Professor and Co-Founder of the Justice
Collaboratory at Yale Law School. Gwen Prowse is a joint-PhD candidate in the Departments of
Political Science and African American studies at Yale University.
The Authors would like to thank our intellectual partner on the Portals Policing Project, Vesla
Weaver. We would also like to thank attendees of the Yale Political Violence and its Legacies
(PVL) workshop, the University of Chicago Legal Theory Workshop, and the Iowa State Political
Science Department Faculty Workshop for their feedback. We are further indebted to Amar
Bakshi of Shared Studios and the Portal curators: Lewis Lee, Tomas Ramirez, Sam Ordonez,
Angeles Santillana, Ciela Herce, Dre Meekins, Acreeba Saunders, Allen Johnson, Gilberto Bravo,
Maryam Hosseinzadeh, Aparna Bakhle, Jose Godoy-Reyes, Christopher Anderson, Georgia
McCandlish, and Mel Gross. This project also benefited greatly from research assistance from
Sara Erickson and Demar Lewis. We would like to acknowledge financial support from the John
D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, The Oscar Reubhausen Fund at Yale Law School,
and the Andrew Carnegie Foundation.

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