Stephen Rushin Assistant Professor of Law
“Police Disciplinary Appeals,” 167 University of Pennsylvania Law Review 545 (2019)
Rushin is a noted expert in the legal regulation of American police departments. Examining disciplinary appeals procedures available to officers across hundreds of American police departments, this article shows that many departments give officers extensive appellate protections that may contribute to frequent reductions or dismissals of internal disciplinary actions. The article concludes by arguing that the law should vest appellate authority in democratically accountable actors in police disciplinary cases.