Welcome back! This week we bring you a series of special features showcasing reflections on racial dynamics in the Twin Cities and a special feature unpacking the potential benefits and challenges of requiring police officers to carry their own misconduct insurance.
“Wonderful/Wretched Memories of Racial Dynamics in the Twin Cities, Minnesota” by Walter R. Jacobs. In this series, social scientists with ties to the Twin Cities share their stories and reflections about experiencing race in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”
- “Blackasotan Identity Lanes” by Walter R. Jacobs
- “A Letter to an Old Friend about Race” by Darren Wheelock
- “Will Words Lead to Action?” by Marcia Williams
If you are a social scientist who also has ties to the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul but now lives elsewhere, we’d love to include your stories as a component of this collective action. Stories from White social scientists as well as from social scientists of color are welcome, as we aspire to document the full range of experiences of the racial dynamics of the Twin Cities. Please send your reflections to Walt Jacobs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In “How Individual Professional Liability Insurance Could Reform US Policing,” Stephen Wulff shows how police misconduct insurance would work in practice, and explains why more routinely holding individual officers financially accountable for their misconduct could reduce undue police violence.
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