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department. Aronie committed to the
effort in a pro bono capacity.

JONATHAN ARONIE
Project ABLE

"Fast forward to today, after the George
Floyd killing, when we received collectively over a hundred calls from police
agencies begging for this training,"
Aronie says, adding that the NOPD
alone could not meet all the training
requests. "We needed a national
platform to pull this off, and my firm
was looking for something meaningful
and authentic and effective to do. So,
we reached out to Georgetown and
Professor Christy Lopez, and Project
ABLE was formed."

During the open house, which included insight from Lopez and various
officers from the NOPD, many participants wondered about the
outcome of Floyd's encounter with the police had the three other
officers intervened in Derek Chauvin's brutal manhandling of Floyd.

"When a police officer is at the scene, and all of a sudden an interven-tion
is called for, if they've never practiced or even contemplated one,
intervention is much harder to come by," says Aronie. In fact, George-
town Law and Aronie discovered that many police officers' gun---fight training far exceeds their training in intervention and conflict
de-escalation.
Aronie likens police officers calling out their colleagues' bad behavior to
lawyers calling out their associates and partners with regards to discriminatory acts and language. He says that police fear retaliation but have
other reasons for non-intervention, such as not knowing all the facts and
lack of confidence or experience in intervention and de-escalation.
"There are plenty of people pushing for programs to break down the
blue wall of silence. Project ABLE incentivizes officers to intervene before
the bad thing happens. So, the risk of repercussions or ostracization is
much, much lower. The active bystander also can prevent another officer
from getting fired," Aronie explains.
Reach D.C. Bar staff writer John Murph at JMurph@dcbar.org.

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Digital Extras
Your Voice
From Our President
Practice Management
Calendar of Events
Family Law Assistance Network feature
An Avalanche of Evictions feature
Pro Bono Partnerships Forged in Crisis feature
Help for Pro Se Litigants Feature
Qualified Immunity feature
Taking Legal Support to the Streets feature
Taking the Stand Turning off the White Noise of Systemic Racism
Taking the Stand Situational Principles Aren't Really Principles
On Further Review
The Learning Curve
Member Spotlight - A. Benjamin Spencer
Member Spotlight - Amber Harding
Worth Reading
Attorney Briefs
Speaking of Ethics
Disciplinary Summaries
Pro Bono Effect
A Slice of Wry
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