August 8, 2012
Professor Julie Goldscheid’s Letter to the Editor about police misconduct was published in the New York Times. Her letter responds to a July 24 article about plans to reform police misconduct in the New Orleans Police Department through a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice. Goldscheid credits the Justice Department’s work in New Orleans and elsewhere in which it has investigated gender bias in police practices as a form of police misconduct. Goldscheid notes that many instances of police misconduct often involve under-enforcement when responding to cases of sexual assault and domestic violence, and notes that both over- and under-enforcement violate civil rights.
Goldscheid writes and speaks widely about gender equality, with a particular focus on gender-based violence and economic equality. Before joining the CUNY faculty, she served as Acting Legal Director at Legal Momentum (formerly NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund). She spearheaded that organization’s legal work to end violence against women, which included defending the constitutionality of the civil rights remedy of the 1994 Violence Against Women Act in courts nationwide, and before the U.S. Supreme Court in United States v. Morrison.