University of Michigan Law School
Civil Rights Litigation Clearinghouse
Title "Copwatching"
Date 2016
Author Jocelyn Simonson
Author Institution Brooklyn Law School
Author Role Faculty
External Link https://heinonline-org.proxy.lib.umich.edu/HOL/Page?collection=journals&handle=hein.journa...
Abstract This Article explores the phenomenon of organized copwatching-groups of local residents who wear uniforms, carry visible recording devices, patrol neighborhoods, and film police-citizen interactions in an effort to hold police departments accountable to the populations they police. The Article argues that the practice of copwatching illustrates both the promise of adversarialism as a form of civic engagement and the potential of traditionally powerless populations to contribute to constitutional norms governing police conduct. Organized copwatching serves a unique function in the world of police accountability by giving these populations a vehicle through which to have direct, real-time input into policing decisions that affect their neighborhoods.
Source Calif. L. Rev.
Citation 104 Calif. L. Rev. 391-446


This Resource Relates To
case United States v. City of New Orleans (PN-LA-0001)

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