Here’s @AlecMacGillis on a huge practical impediment to reform — when you try to create more accountability for police, they punish elected officials (and the public) by not doing their jobs and people die. https://www.propublica.org/article/what-can-mayors-do-when-the-police-stop-doing-their-jobs
What Can Mayors Do When the Police Stop Doing Their Jobs?
In cities across the country, leaders face a phenomenon encountered in Baltimore and Chicago: officers slowing their work in the wake of high-profile episodes of police violence. Reporter Alec…https://www.propublica.org/article/what-can-mayors-do-when-the-police-stop-doing-their-jobs
Talked about this with @ezraklein on THE WEEDS but I think it’s kind of bizarre that this blue flu theory of the 2020 murder spike (which I think is right though the evidence is a bit ambiguous) is largely coded as the “pro police” view of things. https://megaphone.link/VMP5129729502
There are a lot of different kinds of places in the United States, but a fundamental issue in the big cities in blue states is that we’ve got a breakdown of civilian control of the police forces.