The Rod and the Whip: Accountability for Law Enforcement

The Rod and the Whip: Accountability for Law Enforcement
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Aryeh Bernstein

Chicago Justice Fellowship Director | Avodah

The case of Laquan McDonald, a black teen shot by police officer Jason Van Dyke who was still on the beat despite numerous citizen complaints and investigations, continues to rock Chicago and the country with s... See more


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The current police contracts with the City of Chicago harm accountability by making it hard to complain about police misconduct, easy for officers to lie, and hard to investigate claims of misconduct. These contracts must be reformed.

Fatal Force: 2018 police shootings database

of 987 people were fatally shot by police in 2017 As of a week ago, there this year than at the same time last year. Fatal police shootings by year Each marks the location of a deadly shooting.

Officer Jason Van Dyke faced 20 complaints, lawsuits - CNN

Jason Van Dyke, the Chicago police officer charged in Laquan McDonald's shooting death, had a history of complaints before the October 2014 incident.

Aryeh  Bernstein, 

Chicago Justice Fellowship Director | Avodah

Aryeh Bernstein is a fifth-generation Chicago South Sider with extensive experience in Torah education and organizing progressive Jewish communities. At Avodah, he is the Director of its Justice Fellowship and Yo'etz Ruach of its Service Corps in Chicago. He is also Educational Consultant for the Jewish Council on Urban Affairs, where he organizes on police accountability, Founding Director of the Hyde Park Teen Beit Midrash, Staff Educator for Farm Forward's Jewish Initiative for Animals, and Coordinator and Teacher of Mishkan Chicago's Social Justice Beit Midrash. He was previously Mechon Hadar's Director of Recruitment and Alumni Affairs and an Editor-Translator for Koren Publishers' English edition of the Steinsaltz Talmud. He has taught at Drisha, the TAKUM social justice beit midrash, and campuses, communities, and organizations around Israel and the U.S. At Camp Ramah in Wisconsin, he co-founded and co-directed the Beit Midrash Program and Northwoods Kollel. Aryeh is a Senior Editor of