AUWCL Community Responds to the Events in Ferguson, Missouri

Faculty and Staff Send Open Letter to Students Concerning Killing of Michael Brown and Eric Garner

On Nov. 25, a "Ferguson Open Forum" was held at American University Washington College of Law. Students, faculty, and staff participated in this discussion of the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case. Faculty speakers included Professors Angela Davis, Jenny Roberts and Sunita Patel, and Howard University Professor Lenese Herbert. The discussion was hosted by several programs and offices including the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the Criminal Justice Practice and Policy Institute, the Program on Law and Government, the Office of Diversity Services, the Office of Student Affairs, and more. View the webcast.

On Dec. 18, over 75 members of the AUWCL faculty and staff sent a letter to students concerning the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. The statement reflects the views of the individual signatories; it is not an official statement of American University Washington College of Law or American University. Read the statement.

In addition, faculty have been interviewed by local, national, and international media about the events in Ferguson, Missouri. Read and view their analysis below:

 

Photograph of Professor William YeomansWilliam Yeomans

Dec. 2, NPR - Yeomans discusses the federal investigation in Ferguson in an interview with "All Things Considered." MORE

Nov. 28, C-SPAN - As a guest on "Washington Journal," Yeomans discusses the role of the Justice Department in Ferguson. MORE

Nov. 27, ABC - Yeomans discusses what the federal investigation in Ferguson could mean for Officer Darren Wilson. MORE

Nov. 25, CBC - As a guest on "As it Happens," Yeomans discusses the pending federal investigations in Ferguson. MORE

Nov. 25, KNX - As a guest on "KNX Spotlight," Yeomans discusses the grand jury decision. MORE

Nov. 25, The Takeaway - As a guest on the show, Yeomans discusses officer-involved indictments. MORE

Nov. 25, National Journal - Yeomans is quoted about the added pressure on the Justice Department following the grand jury decision in Ferguson. MORE

Nov. 24, LA Times - Yeomans is quoted about expectations for the Justice Department's civil investigation. MORE

Nov. 20, ABC - Yeomans was interviewed about the role of the Justice Department in Ferguson, following a grand jury decision. MORE

Nov. 18, Associated Press - Yeomans is quoted about the possibility of the federal civil rights investigation bringing about long-term change in Ferguson. MORE

Nov. 12, Politico - Yeomans is quoted about the role of President Obama and the Justice Department leading up to the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown case. MORE

Sept. 5, NPR - Yeomans was interviewed on "All Things Considered" about Justice Department investigations of local police departments. MORE

Aug. 26, WAMU - As a guest on "The Diane Rehm Show," Yeomans discussed police practices and the use of deadly force. MORE

Aug. 25, C-SPAN - As a guest on "Washington Journal," Yeomans discussed the role of the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division in response to the police shooting in Ferguson. MORE

Aug. 24, Politico - Yeomans penned this article explaining the difficulty of convicting a police officer of wrongful death. MORE

Aug. 20, MSNBC - As a guest on "The Daily Rundown," Yeomans discussed Attorney General Eric Holder's visit to Ferguson and the role of the federal government in handling the case. MORE

Aug. 20, Associated Press - Yeomans discussed the potential impact of Attorney General Eric Holder's visit to Ferguson, Missouri. MORE

Aug. 19, ABA Journal - Yeomans is quoted about the challenges facing the federal government if they choose to prosecute the Ferguson officer responsible for the shooting death of Michael Brown. MORE

Aug. 19, Bloomberg - Yeomans discussed the role of the Justice Department in investigating the shooting death of Michael Brown. MORE

Aug. 19, The Hill - Yeomans is quoted about Attorney General Eric Holder's role in investigating the shooting death of Michael Brown. MORE

Aug. 19, National Law Journal - Yeomans is quoted about the federal investigation into the shooting death of Michael Brown. MORE

 

Photograph of Professor Angela J. DavisAngela Davis

Aug. 21, The Christian Science Monitor - Davis is quoted about whether or not there should be different legal standards when arresting a police officer vs. a civilian. MORE

Aug. 20, Inside Counsel - Davis is quoted about whether St. Louis County Attorney Robert McCulloch should recuse himself from the case involving the shooting death of Michael Brown. MORE

Aug. 19, MSNBC - Davis' New Republic op-ed on the St. Louis County prosecutor tasked with prosecuting the Michael Brown case is referenced on "Now by Alex Wagner" (around 2:55). MORE

Aug. 18, New Republic - Davis penned an op-ed, "Justice for Michael Brown Rests Almost Entirely in the Hands of This One Man." MORE

Aug. 18, CBS Radio News (New York) - Davis interviewed about accountability for the killing of Michael Brown.

 

Photograph of Professor Susan CarleSusan Carle

Aug. 20, Inside Counsel - Carle is quoted about whether St. Louis County Attorney Robert McCulloch should recuse himself from the case involving the shooting death of Michael Brown. MORE

 

 

 

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