51 Wake Forest L. Rev. 793 (2016)
Toward Democratic Police Reform: A Vision for Community Engagement Provisions in DOJ Consent Decrees

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  TOWARD DEMOCRATIC POLICE REFORM: A VISION
  FOR COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT PROVISIONS IN
                  DOJ CONSENT DECREES



                            Sunita Patel*



                            INTRODUCTION
    The shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed Black teenager in
Florida, led three Black women to create #BlackLivesMatter.1 That
hashtag has since become synonymous with a movement that
condemns police violence2 and stands for the dignity and value of
Black lives.3 Black Lives Matter has renewed discussion amongst
academics,    policy  makers,    think   tanks,   law   enforcement
professionals, activists, and advocates about the problem of police
violence. In response, President Obama created the Task Force on
21st   Century   Policing  to  identify  best  practices  and   offer


     * Sunita Patel is a Practitioner in Residence at American University
Washington College of Law and former plaintiffs' counsel for Floyd v. City of
New York, the successful stop-and-frisk class action against the New York
Police Department. This project would not have been possible without
Shahrzad Noorbaloochi's exceptional research. I am grateful for insights,
critical feedback, and encouragement from the Washington College of Law 2015
summer clinical scholarship workshop and Amna Akbar, Eric J. Miller, Jocelyn
Simonson, Ashlee Albie, Jennifer Borchetta, Richard Ugelow, Stephen Rushin,
and Samuel Walker. Katherine Beck, Mallory Corrigan, Madeline Dang,
Cecilia Lopez, Rupalee Rashatwar, Sarah West, and Elizabeth Teeter provided
invaluable assistance and research. Thank you to my colleagues at the Center
for Constitutional Rights, co-counsel, policing advocates around the country,
civil rights attorneys, clients, and the Department of Justice for vigorous
discussion on the. topics included in this article. Special thanks to Chandra
Bhatnagar. Many thanks to the Wake Forest Law Review for excellent editorial
assistance.
    1. A Herstory of the #BlackLivesMatter Movement, BLACK LIVES MATTER,
http:/Iblacklivesmatter.com/herstory/ (last visited Oct. 22, 2016).
    2. Ronald S. Sullivan, Jr., Black Lives Matter Occupies an Important
Space, Bos. GLOBE (Sept. 1, 2015), https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2015/09
/01/the-message-black-lives-matter/EPjIfUd95BeSHyXGthJ9KMistory.html. As
of October 22, 2016, police have shot and killed 865 individuals in 2016. The
Counted:   People   Killed  by   Police   in   the   US,   GUARDIAN,
http://www.theguardian.com/us-news/ng-interactive/2015/jun/O1/the-counted
-police-killings-us-database (last visited Oct. 22, 2016).
    3. Brittany Packnett, Black Lives Matter Isn't Going Anywhere, TIME (Jan.
18, 2016), http://time.com/41782801black-lives-matter-2016/.

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