Luke Sharrett | The New York Times | Redux


Systemic reform of American policing

Address overpolicing and police violence through accountability to the federal government and required data collection and reporting—and reallocate unnecessary funding for law enforcement agencies to community needs.

The over-policing and criminalization of Black people and the use of excessive police force are legacies of slavery and white supremacy. In the United States, there are approximately 10.5 million arrests per year—equivalent to one every three seconds—and each encounter brings with it the risk of violence being perpetrated against community members. Real accountability in policing is long overdue. Critical steps the federal government must take toward necessary transformational change include requiring department accountability as a condition of law enforcement grants; collecting data about police misconduct and excessive force disaggregated by demographic categories; downsizing investments in law enforcement agencies; and increasing investments in community needs, such as homelessness, poverty, mental illness, and substance use.

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