David Sklansky

Police ready to abide by court’s cellphone ruling

David Sklansky quoted in the Associated Press, June 26, 2014

“It certainly is true that if the police are just allowed to rummage through the cellphone of any arrestee without a warrant they can find all kinds of things that might be helpful,” said David Sklansky, a UC Berkeley law professor who’s written on Fourth Amendment issues. “The court recognizes that, but the court says that privacy is not costless. Sometimes honoring the Constitution means that law enforcement does not have advantages that it otherwise would have.”

In gentrifying neighborhoods, residents say private patrols keep them safe

Barry Krisberg and David Sklansky quoted in Al Jazeera America, May 30, 2014

Some criminal justice experts say the solution to crime isn’t more patrolling but greater opportunities for young people and people coming out of prison. “If you want to bring down robbery, you’ve got to reduce the unemployment rate in the city,” says Barry Krisberg.

“There’s a degree of ambiguity about how private patrols actually operate,” said David Sklansky.

Kelly Thomas: Ex-officers’ trial in death starts today

David Sklansky quoted in the Orange County Register, December 2, 2013

A video presents problems for the defense, but whether it leads to a conviction is uncertain, said David Sklansky, a professor and expert on criminal law at UC Berkeley. “Videos can often provide much more information about what happened at a confrontation than the memories of the people who survived and were at the confrontation,” Sklansky said. “There are cases where video is powerful evidence, on balance, for one side or the other.”

Bratton report a ‘serious indictment’ of Oakland police department

David Sklansky quoted in KQED News Fix blog, May 10, 2013

“This isn’t just a criticism of the way the OPD had implemented CompStat,” notes UC Berkeley law professor David Sklansky. “It’s also a serious indictment of how the department has staffed and supervised the work of investigating crimes—or, to a great extent, has failed to staff and to supervise that work.”

Private patrols no substitute for police in Oakland

David Sklansky quoted in San Jose Mercury News, April 8, 2013

“Why should Bel Air residents vote for higher taxes to pay for policing throughout Los Angeles, when they can—and do—hire private patrols for their own neighborhood?” wrote David A. Sklansky, a professor at UC Berkeley Law School in Private Police and Democracy. “Private policing easily can become part of the “secession of the successful.”

Oakland police commission faces obstacles

David Sklansky quoted in East Bay Express, July 4, 2012

Sklansky warned that adopting a particular governing structure for a police department would not cure deep-seated issues. “No structure of accountability is a cure-all — the devil is in the details.”… Sklansky also noted that studies show that civilian oversight doesn’t typically lead to stricter discipline for officers. “Civilians involved in the disciplinary system are actually more lenient on officers,” he said.

Bay Area sees dramatic drop in violent crime

David Sklansky quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, June 17, 2012

The statistics, though, reveal difficulties in some places. Violent crime went up 6 percent in 2011 in Oakland…. “The city is still struggling to devise a response to the crime problem that the city can unite around,” said David Sklansky, a law professor at UC Berkeley who has written extensively about policing.

Could cops use Google to prevent murder?

David Sklansky quoted in Slate, June 6, 2012

David Sklansky, a criminal law professor at UC Berkeley, says it could constitute the reasonable suspicion needed to pull someone over or stop him on the street. And police don’t need any reasonable suspicion at all to knock on someone’s door and ask what she’s up to, provided the person agrees to talk.

Five at UC awarded for distinguished teaching

Christopher Edley and David Sklansky quoted in Berkeley Patch, April 27, 2012

Berkeley Law Dean Chris Edley writes that Sklansky “communicates complex legal concepts to large classes of students and encourages their serious analysis of often politically and emotionally charged issues of criminal law, criminal procedure, and evidence.”

Sklansky says his challenge is to keep classroom learning fresh for his students, “but that challenge is a big part of why I find teaching so joyful, so rejuvenating, and so deeply rewarding.”

David Sklansky, Andrea Roth Weigh in on Mirkarimi Case

San Francisco Chronicle, January 20, 2012 by Bob Egelko

Lopez went to her neighbor a day after the New Year’s Eve incident, but prosecutors might be able to show she was still traumatized when she made the taped statements, said David Sklansky, a UC Berkeley law professor.

Lopez’s recorded statements about her physical pain and alleged fears of her husband might be allowed in court, under that hearsay exception, but an account of how she was injured probably wouldn’t be, said Andrea Roth, another Berkeley law professor.