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Policing in a Time of Pandemic: Recommendations for Law Enforcement   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Abstract: "This white paper notes the novel law enforcement challenges created by COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] and describes the different approach police must take in light of these challenges in order to serve their traditional public safety function. Traditional law enforcement practices such as stops, searches, and arrests currently create a substantial risk of infection for police, suspects and community members alike. We conclude that until stay-at-home and social distancing orders have been lifted, law enforcement agencies should suspend enforcement measures requiring close proximity or physical contact between law enforcement personnel and members of the public, except in cases where the failure to stop, search, or arrest a suspect creates an imminent danger of death or serious bodily injury to police officers or others. In particular, stay-at-home orders should not be enforced through arrests; instead, police should give oral or written warnings whenever possible, and the police role should focus on public education and connecting citizens to essential services."

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COVID-19 White Paper 7
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2020-04-10
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Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics
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Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics: https://ethics.harvard.edu/
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