Policing Democracies in Times of Terror

April 11, 2006

Video of "Policing Democracies in Times of Terror" event at the Institute of Politics. Panelists included

Nick Hardwick, chair, Independent Police Complaints Commission, Great Britain
Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, New York City Police Department
Commissioner Kathleen O’Toole, Boston Police Department
Police in New York and London are today engaged in some of the most sophisticated anti-terrorism operations ever mounted by local police, but these same operations raise difficult questions of democratic accountability. For example, in July 2005, the day after terrorists unsuccessfully tried to launch a second attack on London’s subway system, police in London shot and killed an innocent Brazilian immigrant who they thought was trying to carry out yet another terrorist attack. The investigation of that shooting was conducted by Britain's new Independent Police Complaints Commission, although some argued that outsiders could not, and should not, be responsible for investigating anti-terrorism operations. How can police organizations strengthen their own accountability systems to deal with potential misconduct in these operations? How effectively can outside organizations investigate alleged misconduct of this kind?
Co-sponsored by the Kennedy School’s Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management, The Taubman Center for State and Local Government, The Institute of Politics and Harvard University's Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston.