Is abolitionism a viable option and solution to the problem of mass incarceration and police brutality? What would abolitionism look like in practice? NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund filed the class actions suit Davis, et al. v. City of New York, et al. to challenge the NYPD’s practices of unlawful stops and arrests of NYCHA residents and their visitors for criminal trespass without sufficient evidence and due to their race and/or ethnicity. How may impact litigation potentially be used as a means to abolish discriminatory and problematic police practices? How can lawyers work to envision a more just criminal justice system? How can we reimagine a justice system that centers rehabilitation? What are the practical steps we can take to reform this system?This panel will explore these questions and more.
Moderated by: Omar Farah, Senior Staff Attorney, The Center for Constitutional Rights, (Practicing Attorney in Good Standing in New York)
- Piper Anderson, Founder of Create Forward LLC
- Derecka Purnell, The Advancement Project, Lawyer & Speaker
- Khalil Cumberbatch, New Yorkers United for Justice, Chief Strategist