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Lawyers You’ll Like: Brigitt Keller

On our Lawyers You’ll Like series we’re joined today by attorney Brigitt Keller. She’s the Executive Director of the National Police Accountability Project (NPAP). Brigitt holds a law degree from Fribourg University Law School in her native Switzerland and an LLM in American Law from Boston University. She is admitted to practice law in New York. Prior to attending law school, Brigitt counseled victims of domestic violence and was instrumental in founding the Swiss National Council of Women’s Shelters. In addition to her work with NPAP, Brigitt is a fellow at the International Center for Conciliation and occasionally teaches conflict resolution workshops.

 

Attorney Brigitt Keller:

  • NPAP’s mission is to hold law enforcement officers, including prison personnel, accountable for civil rights violations, police misconduct and brutality.
  • As an organization we provide training and support for civil rights attorneys, legal workers and community activists.
  • We also work with other organizations with similar efforts to change policy and practices and provide relevant information to the public.
  • We’re seeing increasingly disproportionate measures taken by police.
  • The NYPD no longer stop people when there is suspicious activity. They preventively sweep up hundreds of thousands of young men of color.
  • When Tasers were initially brought on the market, they were really sold to the public with the argument that they would be used instead of firearms.
  • What we observe today–and this happens all over the country–is that tasers are used in cases where there would never be a justification for the use of a firearm.
  • When you think about why should we have police, it’s really to protect the people of this country,
  • Young people of color have a very good sense of when policing is legitimate and when it’s not legitimate.
  • Current policing strategies make the community very unsafe. People will not call the police if the police behave like an occupying army.
  • I find the involvement of community activists and families of victims incredibly important.
  • There is a different awareness today about police misconduct.
  • My interest in the law started initially by working for 7 years in a shelter for domestic violence victims.
  • Police violence is something truly international. Even in a country like Switzerland, where crime numbers are pretty low, there is police violence.
  • I find it important that there is no abuse of power, and police violence is abuse of power.
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Guest – Attorney Brigitt Keller – Executive Director of the National Police Accountability Project (NPAP). Brigitt holds a law degree from Fribourg University Law School in her native Switzerland and an LLM in American Law from Boston University. She is admitted to practice law in New York. Prior to attending law school, Brigitt counseled victims of domestic violence and was instrumental in founding the Swiss National Council of Women’s Shelters. In addition to her work with NPAP, Brigitt is a fellow at the International Center for Conciliation and occasionally teaches conflict resolution workshops.

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Panel Discussion: Militarization, Domestic Spying, and the Boycott of Israel

We hear a presentation by Anna Calcutt of New Yorkers Against the Cornell-Technion Partnership (NYACT) on the conception and planning of the Cornell-Technion campus in NYC. Anna will speak about reasons to oppose The Technion, including its deep-rooted ties with the Israeli weapons industry and military, the growth of the anti-Technion campaign, and what needs to be done next.

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