EXPERTS IN THE NEWS: Castile, Catfishing, Toxic Dump, Embargo & No Samaritans



Police video won’t deliver justice. Philando Castile’s case proved it. I The Washington Post

“As long as juries see cops as inherently honest and reasonable — and black men as inherently threatening — body cams and dash cams won’t solve our police brutality problem,” writes Osamudia James, professor and vice dean at the University of Miami School of Law.

Facebook is testing ways to stop people from stealing profile pictures I The Washington Post

Making it more difficult to appropriate someone's Facebook profile picture without permission is a good step, said Mary Anne Franks,  a law professor at the University of Miami and anti-harassment advocate. Facebook could go further and use its photo recognition technology, she said, to flag instances where this has happened.

How to Fight Back Against Revenge Porn I The New York Times

Holly Jacobs launched the Cyber Civil Rights Initiative, a nonprofit at the University of Miami School of Law that offers help to other victims of non-consensual porn, a term advocates prefer to the more common “revenge porn” because many harassers have other motives.

Cleanup of former Dunbar toxic dump could cost millions I WINK

Still, many residents near the land only recently found out arsenic was discovered in the soil 10 years ago.

“Clearly the signs point to deliberate conduct by the municipality,” University of Miami law professor Anthony Alfieri said.

Another round of official tests is scheduled for September 2018, though students from the University of Miami’s Environmental Justice Clinic are considering conducting tests of their own.

‘We Will Enforce the Embargo’: President Trump Rolls Back Obama Administration Cuba Policies I Law Newz

University of Miami law professor David Abraham weighed in on the announcement, expressing doubt that the new order will bring about any positive change. “The President’s efforts to revive a dead Cold War may gratify the last of the dead enders in Miami’s Little Havana,” Abraham told, “but it will do nothing for either the Cuban or American peoples.”

Bystanders at South Florida Crime Scenes Sometimes Shoot Video Instead of Rendering Aid I News4Security

Jan L. Jacobowitz, a lecturer at the University of Miami’s School of Law, has studied the ethics of social media. That someone would make a video and watch someone suffer in lieu of helping is disturbing, she said. But it may not even be different than before smartphones when people simply didn t want to get involved.

Yes, it is troubling, Jacobowitz said. Social media allows for the most troubling aspects of human behavior to be captured and put on display for the entire world.

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