Working Group on Officer-Involved Fatalities
The Working Group
The Working Group on Officer-Involved Fatalities is a year-long study on the prosecutor’s role in addressing police use of force. Comprised of 50 experts from across the country – individuals who have lost loved ones to police violence; prosecutors; police chiefs; policy experts; academics; and advocates – working group members convened around the shared goals of preventing use of force, and providing a path to accountability for unjustified force.
Since its first convening, held in February 2018, the Working Group has provided a platform for prosecutors, directly impacted family members, and police chiefs to share their stories, learn from each other’s experiences, and work together to build a more just system. Their collaboration culminated in a Toolkit for Prosecutors and Communities, by Prosecutors and Communities.
While there is no shortage of research or reports about officer-involved critical incidents, there has yet to be a guidebook that offers tangible steps for prosecutors and communities to take. This Toolkit addresses this gap. It aims to:
• Reduce officer use of force
• Ensure thorough, transparent, and timely investigations
• Strengthen state statute language to provide a path to accountability
• Evaluate local policies using data, racial justice, and human dignity as core metrics
• Foster dialogue and partnerships between prosecutors and communities to address use-of-force
Roundtable on Diversion
The IIP’s Roundtable on Diversion brought together a focused cohort of criminal justice leaders to explore how the power of the prosecutor can be used to divert people away from the criminal justice system, with an eye towards building future scholarship in this area. Participants included elected prosecutors, defense attorneys, service providers, academics, and directly impacted family members.