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Week of June 8, 2020

Week of June 8, 2020
Posted: Jun 10, 2020
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Topic: Most Important Federal Police Reform Measure

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Republican elected officials are working on federal police reform legislation. What possible reform measure is the most important?

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13 comments on article "Week of June 8, 2020"

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Susan, 6/12/2020 3:47 PM

It is so long history of this. We must communicate. I would not have an answer. As I do not agree with any of these tactics. Sincerely

Susan Zimmerman


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Sue Hamilton, 6/12/2020 4:10 PM

I have worked in the field of Human Resources for 35 years and am

now retired. A Police Department should operate the same as any

other type of organization. Employees have to be trained properly.

When they screw up, they need to be corrected, or disciplined, or

depending on what happened, terminated. THEY HAVE TO BE TRAINED PROPERLY and in this case, the Cop should have been terminated years ago according to his file. This is Management's fault!! Not the total Police Department.


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Vicki Goodman, 6/12/2020 5:20 PM

There is no question in my mind that police unions are the problem. The remaining choices would not present significant hazards to the public if not for unions making it near impossible to get rid of bad officers. All public sector unions present enormous conflicts of interest between politicians and taxpayers, and should be abolished. But police unions physically endanger the public, as well. So don't reform them; get rid of them. Get rid of all public sector unions. We'd be far better off without them.


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Gwen Constance, 6/12/2020 9:34 PM

I agree with Sue Hamilton. Training is the most important aspect and she is correct in saying that the Cop should have been terminated years ago according to his file. I also agree with Vickie Goodman that police unions are a major problem as well and should not be involved with any police department. I feel the training is most important and banishing police unions is next in line


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June Gildersleeve, 6/13/2020 12:46 AM

It' appalling to me that in 3 weeks the entire country has come to the conclusion that all police units need more special training! Frankly, as far as I am concerned, the police do a good job. One bad apple has brought mayhem to EVERY UNIT IN AMERICA. One man's death has caused the senseless deaths of wonderful men and women who are good cops and retired cops. Ravaging cities and lawlessness is not the answer. These suggestions may make you feel better, but none of them are workable. It's all a waste of time.


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Gail Forry, 6/13/2020 7:49 AM

The problem is not with the Police Officers. The problem is with society. We need a return the Christian values, strong families and respect for the law.


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Leslie Key, 6/14/2020 5:16 AM

I think the most important thing to do is reform police unions. There are bad people in EVERY profession, and it’s no different with police officers. We have seen that a few bad police officers hurt the reputation of all police officers. Most police officers are great people who put their lives on the line when they go out on the job to protect the safety and security of people in their communities.

Police unions have arbitrators for police misconduct cases, where the arbitrators are members of the Police Department themselves. These arbitrators make it very difficult to get rid of bad police officers. This system must change. The arbitrators in police misconduct cases must be entirely independent, so that bad police can be removed from the police force and can be punished for abusive behavior.

The statistics tell the sad truth. Police are naturally more wary of blacks because blacks commit much more crime than whites. Only a small percentage of the black population (about 5%, consisting of young black males) commit 55% of all the crime in America. But police need much better training and chokeholds should rarely be used.

About 70% of all black children grown up in America without a father there in the household. This has a particularly devastating effect on the lives of young black males.

The answer is not to take money away from the local Police Departments. The direct result of that will be much MORE crime in minority neighborhoods, and minorities will be the direct victims of more crime. 70% of all blacks do NOT want to see police departments defunded. They count on police officers to come into their neighborhoods and stop domestic abuse, robbery, rape, and gang related drug crimes.

If money is transferred from city police departments over to city social workers (as many liberal City Council members want to do now), is a social worker going to show up in answer to a desperate 911 call, when a rapist with a knife is trying to break into someone’s house? Is a social worker going to stop an angry and intoxicated man from beating up his wife?

The answer is police union reform and MORE money allocated to Police Departments for BETTER training, not less, particularly training about how to de-escalate dangerous situations.

The police department in Camden, New Jersey allocated MORE money for better police officer training. The result of this was that both crime AND police misconduct cases dropped substantially.


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Gwen McAllen, 6/14/2020 2:03 PM

Whereas a national database of "bad cops" prevents the bad cop from migrating to other police forces, it also must have a way for the officer to redeem himself so that it is not a life sentence.


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Jan Burch, 6/14/2020 2:55 PM

The best, and perhaps only, way to address the issue of police brutality would be to eliminate the political advantages in stoking unrest. I recognize that isn't possible, but this issue will continue to fester because it is a constant refrain from the media, the democrats, and a multitude of "progressive" organizations that view the world only through the prism of race. These groups do not want to solve the problem; they want the issue to be on the top of everyone's mind because there is a political advantage in continuing the narrative that blacks remain enslaved.

Of course, there are very real instances of police abuses, and those who do so should be forced out of the police force. Racism and excessive force should not be tolerated by any law enforcement officer of any race. But every case of a police officer shooting a black man is not excessive force; it is not always racism; it is not always unlawful.

Police have no obligation to stand there and be injured or killed when someone under arrest turns violent against them. They must have the tools necessary to stop an individual trying to grab the officer's weapon. They should not let an arrestee free when they resist arrest because their hands have been tied behind their backs by mayors, city councils, and governors who are terrified of being labeled racists. They do not make the laws, but they are tasked with enforcing them.

Anytime a black man is killed, even justifiably, the media narrative is that all police are racists and oppressive toward blacks. Children grow up hearing this and it becomes ingrained in their minds.. Democratic candidates repeat it endlessly and promise reforms to gain the votes of the black community. Yet even in areas under democrat's control for half a century or more, nothing changes. In the next election, those same democrats claim they must be re-elected to solve the same problem.

Education and accuracy in reporting are the keys. I am not hopeful they will step up and teach the youth the truth about "systemic racism" and "police targeting black men for assassination," I am not denying that there are cases of malfeasance by white officers in the treatment of black men - just as there is malfeasance by black officers in the treatment of white men, or when the races are the same. But until a truthful analysis is done, reported on, taught, and understood by all, the problem of perceived bias and abuse will always exist. There's just too much political power to be gained to think otherwise.


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Cindy Hill, 6/15/2020 11:23 AM

I have been a police wife for 33 years. My husband is white, but has worked in heavily majority, minority communities. He is also the President of a Police Association/Union for almost 20 years. It is completely volunteer and there is no pay. He is 100% Republican and a Trump supporter.

He hates bad cops. However, doing something the public does not understand Does not always Make it out of policy or does not make you a bad cop. It also may be a decision made in a split second that can ruin your life. Use of force is very tricky. Bullets don’t know if a subject turns and gets shot in the back instead of the front where they were shooting. Police view things differently in their brains then we May see them on a camera after the fact.

My husband has worked gang units while also providing community policing opportunities to help thousands of children. This is what we need more money and cops and time to do. CommUNITY policing. Knowing their community Citizens. No police Officer has time for that. It is call to call all night long.

He defends and protects our citizens and risks his own life doing so, but also protects his officers’ rights and due process.

Defunding police is not the answer. Doing less with less is a terrible idea. They need more money. They want more training but there is never enough money or coverage for them to take time off for training because our numbers are so low. We have lost so many officers through attrition and retirement and they are not replaced.

Over the years the qualifications have declined because more bodies are needed. A GED or HS degree is now required. It used to be a BA. Change this! Add more money for more officers for community policing and more training opportunities.


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Jane L Hamman, 6/15/2020 12:29 PM

There are two highest priorities from my perspective. Work with the unions to require that reports on law enforcement re bad behavior be taken seriously and acted upon; that multiple reports will require assistance in finding a different job, not just be swept under the rug.

Vastly improve training to include teaching judo and other non-lethal means of interacting with criminals and practicing often to build self-confidence and skills, just as officers (should) practice with firearms.


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Suzanne Jensen, 6/15/2020 1:41 PM

I just want to point out that the federal government does not have any authority in regards to local police departments. This should be firmly under local control. I don't mind the federal government putting out recommendations such as training manuals as long as they remain recommendations ONLY, not mandatory. There could also be some funds at the federal level to help get equipment like body cams if a local precinct or county would like to implement them.

I know those comments may not seem too helpful but I am concerned that in our quest to defend our police and help them to become even better, that we don't forget that there are limits on the federal government and Republicans, of all people, shouldn't be ignoring them. I would like the federal government to stay out of policing, just like I wish they had stayed out of schools.

I do think that the police departments need to have a better way of dealing with individual officers which behave incorrectly. Whether that needs to happen through the police unions or not, I'm not sure. In general, I think unions have a tendency to protect those they shouldn't.

I know that defunding is not the answer but I'm not sure that just more money is the answer. Our local sheriff has said that with the current, hostile environment for police, it gets harder and harder to find good, new recruits.

Maybe we need to spend more time finding ways to build up and promote the police so that it seems like a possible career to more young people, not a place to avoid.


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SUSAN rodeck, 6/15/2020 2:47 PM

This is a state issue and should be handled by each individual state and appears to go against the US constitution. The Federal Government should make their position known but should not set up " Federal Guidelines".

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