There are 18,000 police departments in the US. How is reform possible? One approach would be a new George Floyd Police Misconduct division of the DOJ with a budget of $6 billion a year. Hire thousands of federal agents to investigate police misconduct. Have Val Demings run it.
The other issues are training, demilitarization, community-based policing, civilian input and oversight, body cams and transparency, local accountability and officer diversity. Training is likely the biggest driver - officers are taught to shoot to kill within 3 seconds.
An officer suggested to me national training to get away from the “shoot to kill” and replace with intermediate weapons and non-lethal approaches to slow down life-or-death decision-making.
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