Hogan Lovells works with Institute for American Police Reform to create interactive state map of police use of force laws

New York, 1 June 2021 – Global law firm Hogan Lovells provided pro bono assistance to the Institute for American Police Reform to create an interactive Map of State Laws Governing Deadly Force.

The map charts current laws governing police use of deadly force in all 50 states.

“We are very pleased with the results of this tool, which was designed to be an easy-to-navigate educational resource that demonstrates the lack of uniformity in states laws governing police use of deadly force,” said Hogan Lovells senior litigation associate Laura Groen, who oversaw the project.  

The interactive map allows users to navigate to interesting facts and learn about the laws of every state. The map also contains information about current and proposed legislation governing police use of deadly force, and allows state-to-state comparisons of the authority granted to police officers.

Associates from across Hogan Lovells’ U.S. offices worked with summer associates to perform the research necessary to build this project. The firm then worked with trial consultants at IMS Consulting and Expert Services (formerly The Focal Point LLC) and other volunteers to create the map.

In addition to Groen, senior associate Gabe Ulman also helped lead the project. Both practice in the firm’s Los Angeles office.

The work on this project is part of Hogan Lovells’ Advancing Racial Justice Initiative, which includes a formal pledge to devote at least 65,000 pro bono hours through 2023 to breaking down the deeply rooted, systemic barriers in society that profoundly impact people of color.

The Map of State Laws Governing Deadly Force can be viewed here.

The announcement from the Institute for American Police Reform is here.

More on Hogan Lovells’ Advancing Racial Justice initiative is here.


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