George Floyd Death Seven Solutions To US Police Problems

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George Floyd Death Seven Solutions To US Police Problems

Protesters across the US have taken to the streets in the wake of George Floyd’s death to demand an end to police brutality and what they see as systemic racism.

In response, Democrats have proposed legislation to address inequities and reduce deaths in custody, including measures that would require police to wear body cameras, ban chokeholds and make it easier to prosecute officers.

Here’s a look at some of these proposed solutions, and other potential ways to reform policing.

1. Rewrite “use of force” policies

George Floyd Death Seven Solutions To US Police Problems

Most police departments have a “use of force” policy which dictates how and when officers can use force. These policies vary substantially from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. For example, the type of “neck restraint” or chokehold that Officer Derek Chauvin used on George Floyd has been banned in New York City since 1993.

After high-profile police killings, many departments are forced to re-examine and rewrite their use of force policies by federal consent decrees. The city of Baltimore revamped its policy in 2019 as a part of its consent decree with the US Department of Justice after the death of Freddie Gray. The new version requires officers to report use of force incidents and compels them to intervene if they see another officer improperly using force.

2. Defund the police

George Floyd Death Seven Solutions To US Police Problems

Protesters believe that cities and states spend far too much money on their police departments without sufficiently funding education, mental health, housing and other community-based social services. A growing demand is for political leaders to “defund” the police – that usually means reducing funding not cutting it altogether.

George Floyd Death Seven Solutions To US Police Problems

These calls have been heeded by the mayor of Los Angeles, who slashed $150m from a proposed budget increase for his city’s police. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio also pledged to divert money from the NYPD towards social services, though he did not cite a figure.

3. Dismantle the police

 

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On Sunday, a veto-proof majority of the Minneapolis City Council signed a pledge in front of a crowd of demonstrators promising to “begin the process of ending the Minneapolis Police Department”. They vowed to create a “new, transformative model for cultivating safety”. Earlier in the week, two council members used the word “dismantle” to describe their plans for the department, as did Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar.

George Floyd Death Seven Solutions To US Police Problems

The statement did not make it clear if the council is merely pledging to remake the department, or if they were heeding some demonstrators’ calls to “abolish the police,” which would obviously be the most radical course of action. The council president said she could imagine a scenario where the department enters state receivership, and¬†a team of medics and health care professionals respond to 911 calls¬†instead of police.

4. Demilitarise

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Since the 1990s, the military has transferred over $5bn-worth of equipment, ranging from sleeping bags to ammunition and armoured vehicles, to local police departments through a special acquisitions programme with the US Department of Defense.

George Floyd Death Seven Solutions To US Police Problems

As a result, many advocates for police reform argue that police today function more like domestic soldiers, using techniques and equipment designed for battle, than community peacekeepers trying to keep people safe, and that this approach costs lives.

George Floyd Death Seven Solutions To US Police Problems

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