Rise of Police Unions with Ayesha Bell Hardaway

Professor Ayesha Bell Hardaway talks about her 2022 article, “The Rise of Police Unions on the Back of the Black Freedom Movement.” Professor Bell Hardaway discusses how police unions developed slowly over time to their rapid growth in the 1960s. How police unions transitioned from advocating for labor and wages to challenging oversight and accountability policies. We end our conversation bringing the conversation to Police as protected class and the Blue Lives Matter laws.

Ayesha Bell Hardaway is an Associate Professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law and the Director of the Criminal Clinic in the Milton A. Kramer Law Clinic. As a member of the faculty, Hardaway has taught as a clinician in the areas of health law, civil litigation and criminal justice. Her research and scholarship interests include the intersection of race and the law, constitutional law, criminal law, policing and civil litigation.

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