October 31, 2016 – Trumped Up Racial Profiling? Enforcing Civil Rights and the Policing of Black Men in the Era of Black Lives Matter

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On October 31, 2016, the Clason Speaker Series hosted Frank Rudy Cooper as a featured speaker. The event was sponsored by Western New England University School of Law. Professor Cooper teaches constitutional law, criminal procedure, and civil rights law at Suffolk University School of Law.

Professor Cooper discussed his research, which addressed the intersection of race and masculinity. He explored why and how racial stereotypes of masculinity impact policing, including the epidemic of police shootings of African American men, and the exacerbated racial profiling in the United States. He also explored why the protests and message of the Black Lives Matter movement became more widely heard and discussed.