Race and Policing An exchange between Simon Balto and Brandon Hasbrouck

This dialogue places current debates about blackness and law enforcement in a larger historical framework. Focusing on mid-20th century Chicago, the participants ponder how factors such as racial demographics, political rhetoric, crime rates, and labor conditions influence overall perceptions of public safety. They conclude by linking these earlier experiences to recent episodes involving Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and Breonna Taylor.

Event date: Wednesday, October 14 at 6:00 p.m.

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Simon Balto

Simon Balto is an assistant professor of History and African American Studies at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Occupied Territory: Policing Black Chicago from Red Summer to Black Power (University of North Carolina Press, 2019) and has written for numerous scholarly and popular outlets, including Time, The Washington Post, The Progressive, The Journal of African American History, the Journal of Urban History, and Labor, among others.

Brandon Hasbrouck

Professor Brandon Hasbrouck researches and teaches in the areas of criminal law, race relations law, and critical theory. His scholarship has been published or forthcoming in leading scholarly journals, including The Georgetown Law Journal, the UCLA Law Review, the Washington University Law Review and the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Professor Hasbrouck's scholarship has been the subject of much attention in the academic and popular media. His groundbreaking work on police abolition has been profiled on NBC News, Vox, and Slate, among other places. Professor Hasbrouck is frequently consulted on issues of race; recently, he published an op-ed article in the Washington Post on the problem with naming institutions after those who perpetrated racial terror. That piece sparked--and continues to drive--national debates on major news and radio networks, including Fox News, CNN, and Mornings on the Mall. Professor Hasbrouck is the recipient of Ethan Allen Faculty Fellowship for scholarly excellence and John W. Elrod Law Alumni Fellowship for teaching excellence. He is the first professor in the law school's history to have received both awards in the same year.