The Prosecutor’s Role in Addressing Officer-Involved Fatalities
Given the persistence of and the lack of accountability for these tragedies, how can prosecutors prevent and address officer-involved fatalities?
The IIP's Toolkit on Officer-Involved Fatalities and Critical Incidents addresses this question with concrete action that prosecutors can take and communities can advocate for in order to reduce use-of-force, and to provide a path to accountability for unjustified force.
The Working Group
The Toolkit was created for prosecutors and communities, by prosecutors and communities. It was informed by a year-long Working Group comprised of 50 experts from across the country - those who lost loved ones to police violence; prosecutors; and law enforcement experts.
The IIP launched the Toolkit in partnership with family members, prosecutors, and law enforcement experts in February 2019.
Members of the IIP’s Working Group were invited to testify at Congressional Black Caucus hearing on police use-of-force in May 2019. Learn more here.
Victoria Davis, the sister of Delrawn Small and a member of the Justice Committee, outlines her goals for the Toolkit
“Would You Trust the Police Officer Who Writes ‘It’s a Good Day for a Chokehold’?” ask Chiraag Bains and Kyle C. Barry in a July 2019 New York Times op-ed that cites the Toolkit as a resource for prosecutors and communities.
Interested in adopting the Toolkit? Write to us at IIP_JohnJay@prosecution.org
What does a family-prosecutor partnership look like? Watch Valerie Castile and John Choi discuss why they joined the working group, below, and read more about their partnership here.