What are ‘bias response teams’ and why are they at the center of a lawsuit over First Amendment rights?

KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” interviewed Jody Armour of the USC Gould School and First Amendment rights on university campuses. A nonprofit civil liberties watchdog group filed a lawsuit against the University of Michigan over its speech code, alleging it is unconstitutional.   Full article here

Jury awards $33.5 million to parents of 29-year-old man killed by San Bernardino County deputy

Los Angeles Times quoted Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about the large sum a court awarded in damages to a family of a man fatally shot by a San Bernardino County deputy. “The jury was convinced that there was clear and convincing evidence that the officer was not merely negligent and unreasonable in…

Black Leaders Discuss ‘African Americans in War Times’

Los Angeles Sentinel quoted Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about the need to reduce gun violence overall, not just in mass shooting scenarios. Expanding the discussion to the gun violence war, Armour said that the focus should be on reducing the number of African American victims, which do not occur from mass shootings,…

A Theory of Injustice for Truly Disadvantaged Blacks

Los Angeles Review of Books published opinions by Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about the definition of disadvantaged blacks and the consequences of injustice. There is evidence that many people are inclined to accept the law — including laws that protect vulnerable citizens against serious mala in se crimes — as a source…

A history of the rise of the black middle class in LA and nationwide, and what the future may hold

KPCC-FM’s “AirTalk” interviewed Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about the evolution and future of the black middle class. While education and job opportunities are now more accessible than they have been in the past for middle-class blacks, many families have been sequestered into neighborhoods with low home values, which can lead to disparity…

Police Ready For Possible Violence At ‘Refuse Fascism’ Rally In Downtown LA

KCAL-TV quoted Jody Armour of the USC Gould School about attempts to brand peaceful protestors as Antifa. The downtown L.A. rally is one of several taking place in 19 cities across the U.S. that are being organized by Refuse Fascism. Officials with the group say it has received threats of violence from alt-right, conservative and…

These middle school students pretended to rape black classmates on Snapchat

The Washington Post cited comments by Jody Armour of the USC Gould School on how each generation needs to relearn linguistic boundaries. There are a myriad examples of young people stumbling over the hazy line between free speech and offensive language, Jody Armour, a law professor at the University of Southern California, told The Washington Post last year.…