Build a Better Police Force and Peace will Follow
I don’t know what it would take for me, but I do know that unless I am actually living that life, I don’t really have a right to cast judgment on those who are.
I also know that I have never really had much dealing with the legal system and so I always simply assumed that it has everyone’s best interest at heart and strives to be fair and just. But I recently had a run-in with the law, and while the excessiveness of police power I experienced was comparatively small, I learned just how incredibly difficult it is to get the police department to take responsibility for the actions of their officers.
Racism & sexism have no place in Cop-land – get enlightened or get the fuck out.
Let’s start incentivizing and recruiting people of diversity to be police officers. It is hard to dehumanize someone because of their color if your partner is the same color.
You know those young people with pants down to their knees and hoodies and apparent “attitude problems”? Go meet their moms, or little siblings, or grandfathers, or whoever cares about these young people – start seeing them as real people, just kids trying to find their identity and maybe trying to find a way to stand up to bullies, even ones with badges. Each one of those “Thugs” has worth and should be treated with dignity.
Body cameras worn by police are effective because all of us behave better under scrutiny. An objective recording of events protects both suspects and police officers alike.
There are lots of things police could carry, including empathy, and respect for all human life, that would make the world a little bit safer for all of us.
PS – If you are wondering why you have not seen charts like the ones above before, it is because they are not easily available. Information on racial breakdown across the United States seems to only be available through careful analysis of data deeply buried. These charts were created by my amazing husband/editor (deep gratitude for his abilities and his prioritization of this issue). We should continue to ask questions, especially ones like “why is this information so hard to find?”