April 10, 2023
Join us for the Annual American Studies Shaw Lecture.
In this talk, Lisa Cacho—Associate Professor of American Studies at the University of Virginia—will present from a chapter-in-progress from her current book project on police violence, its origins in settler colonial custom and self-defense law, and the ways in which this violence is made illegible both to the police themselves and to the wider US public. Cacho examines the case of Renee Davis, an Indigenous woman on the Muckleshoot Nation, who was shot by the police during a wellness check. This case reveals the always already criminalized status of Indigenous people taken to its widely prevalent extreme, as the only narrative her family could invoke to seek justice in the American legal system was suicide-by-cop, itself a validation of the genocidal logic of the U.S. settler state.