North Carolina Law Review

University of North Carolina School of Law

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Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Race, Policing, and Technology

May 31, 2017

95 N.C. L. Rev. 1241

 

This Essay argues that if we truly care about making policing egalitarian and fair to everyone, then that could mean more policing, not less. It advocates harnessing technology, including surveillance technology, to help deracialize policing. This turn to technology will not be cost free. Indeed, one cost will be the redistribution of privacy. This cost, especially to those who already enjoy a surfeit of privacy, might seem great. But even greater should be the possibility that technology can move society closer to egalitarian, race-free policing, and to the goal of true equality before the law. 

 

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