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CSUSB professor comments on city of Louisville and police department begin negotiations with DOJ for police reforms
WDRB TV (Louisville, Ky.)
Feb. 20, 2024

Zachary Powell, CSUSB assistant professor of criminal justice, was interviewed for a segment about the city of Louisville, Ky., and its police department entering into negotiations with the U.S. Department of Justice in an effort to institute reforms. A DOJ investigation released a year ago determined that “the Louisville Metro Police Department and Metro government ‘engaged in a pattern or practice of conduct that deprives people of their rights under the Constitution and federal law’ that includes excessive force, searches based on invalid warrants and conducting unlawful traffic and pedestrian stops.”

Powell said that consent decrees usually last more than five years, and can be costly. In 2021, Louisville's projected cost was $8 million to $10 million annually. Powell added that there will be monitors in place to track the department's progress in compliance and reform.

"What's their new strategy for accountability to correct misconduct? How they have changed their external accountability system so are people allowed to complain," Powell said. "Is it less burdensome?"

CSUSB professor contributes chapter to newly published book, ‘Teaching Human Development for Educators’
Information Age Publishing

Lisa Looney, CSUSB associate professor of child development, co-wrote a chapter, “Creating Clarity Through Understanding Complexity: Building a Case for Development as a Critical Component of Educator Preparation,” for the recently published book, “Teaching Human Development for Educators.”

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