Professor James Cohen on Long Island’s Police and Criminal Justice Reform


Professor James Cohen shares his expert opinion with Newsday on Long Island’s police and criminal justice reform after the death of George Floyd.

Long Island’s top prosecutors say they are seeking new reforms and strengthening ongoing initiatives to counter racial disparity and law enforcement abuses locally after a national outcry for equal justice sparked by the death of an unarmed black man in the custody of Minneapolis police.

Fordham Law School Professor James Cohen said he has no reason to believe Sini isn’t sincere about his intentions but said reform is “going to require more than what I see to be cosmetic changes.”

He suggested appealing to the defense bar for tips about police misconduct and speaking to defendants and ex-convicts about their experiences in the criminal justice system.

“Negative feedback is sort of what it’s all about,” Cohen said.

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