Judith Browne Dianis, Udi Ofer and Damon Hewitt Evaluate Biden’s Progress on Policing Reform

Judith Browne Dianis (’92), Executive Director of Advancement Project, and Udi Ofer (’01), Founding Director of the Policy Advocacy Clinic at Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs, were quoted in TIME weighing Biden’s proposals and progress on policing reform as the president calls for congressional action in State of the Union (“How Biden’s Remarks About Police Violence Stack Up to His Actions,” Feb. 8). Citing how politicians proffer safe talking points over effecting substantive change, Judith said, “There just aren’t a lot of electeds, especially at the federal level, who are willing to take a hit for this. They are more willing to let more Black people die than to take a hit.”

On Biden’s address, Udi commented, “He could have talked about the push to create specialized warrior-like policing units and we need our police to be guardians, not warriors. . . . I think President Biden is very committed to the preventative measures and I loved that part of the State of the Union speech, but when it comes to actual policing reform, there is less of that.”

Damon Hewitt (’01), President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and Udi Ofer were also quoted in The Marshall Project’s Closing Argument newsletter discussing the Administration’s failure to deliver on the promises of Biden’s executive order (“Biden Promised a Police Misconduct Database. He’s Yet to Deliver,” Feb. 4). Damon pointed to the national police misconduct database as “a part of chipping away at the culture of policing.” He stated, “I think it's worthwhile, so long as it is not viewed as an end-all, be-all.” Udi addressed a lack of “urgency and level of commitment” in implementing the database alongside other of the order’s reforms.