September 17, 2014 -- Constitution Day 2014: Ferguson and the U.S. Constitution
On September 17, 2014, the Institute for Legislative and Governmental Affairs sponsored a panel discussion to commemorate Constitution Day at Western New England University School of Law. The discussion was moderated by Professor Bruce Miller with Professors John Baick, Matthew Charity, and Bridgette Baldwin. The panel explored the relevance of the U. S. Constitution, and of our particular Constitutional history, to the homicide of Michael Brown by an officer of the Ferguson Police Department. They discussed the Constitution's treatment of race, both in the original text and post Civil War amendments, on the role of the U. S. Supreme Court in establishing and perpetuating the outsider status of African-Americans, particularly young African-American males, and the militarization of local police departments.