This past weekend’s horrific occurrence in Mulberry, Arkansas, represented the most recent development in the continuing national dialogue about police brutality. They have since stated that they were attempting to apprehend the individual who was captured on videotape repeatedly beating a suspect on Sunday by two Mulberry police officers and one Crawford County sheriffs deputy. The normal chain of reactions started as soon as the video started making the rounds in the media. The officers have been placed on administrative (paid) leave pending an investigation, elected officials have criticized the police’s actions while urging restraint from the public and simultaneously hedging their bets by calling for the community to wait until all the facts are known, and the victim’s attorneys have started a widespread campaign of questions. Media coverage of this incident has been hampered by the midterm elections, which are currently taking place, as well as the several investigations into former President Donald Trump. Our collective conscience regarding yet another instance of toxic police is somewhere between weary and desensitized, despite the fact that the video is horrifying in nature. It’s difficult to interpret what happened, and it’s even less evident how to put it in any wider context. Congress’s inability to enact any kind of substantive police reform legislation is the cause of all of this. We will be destined to keep going through this cycle till that time comes.
Promotional Material Promotional Material In addition to the well-known incidents of police brutality from previous years, there have also been several other instances of wrongdoing by law enforcement in recent months. Four of the officers involved in the Breonna Taylor case have recently been indicted on federal civil rights charges after allegedly lying to investigators about knowingly making false statements in order to obtain a search warrant and attempting to cover it up. In the past few months alone, we have seen three men in New York exonerated after serving 25 years in prison as a result of an dirty cop , and three other men exonerated after spending 25 years in prison. While there has been some movement toward police accountability on the part of juries and courts, there hasn’t been much of a national debate on substantive policy change. Police reform, which was originally an important agenda item for elected officials during the 2020 election cycle under George Floyd, has now been dropped in favor of other legislative objectives like infrastructure development and climate change mitigation.
Promotional Material Police reform hasn’t always been such a low priority, to reiterate. The George Floyd Justice in Police Act was approved by the House in March 2021. By increasing accountability and taking further steps to promote a culture change within law enforcement, the bill was primarily designed to address systematic racism and police brutality within American law enforcement. More precisely, it forbids the use of no-knock warrants and chokeholds, enforces the wearing of body cameras, and does away with qualified immunity. In September of last year, the Senate passed bill died after negotiations between Democrats and Republicans on a bipartisan bill fell apart . Since then, President Joe Biden signed his own executive order on policing has introduced significant changes that aim to lower use-of-force guidelines, enhance data gathering, and increase funding for federal law enforcement organizations. Even while Biden’s executive action is a start in the right direction, it is still insufficient and leaves the public exposed. First off, despite the fact that there are racial inequities in American policing that are as high as repeatedly beating a suspect 0, we should not allow police reform to become too racialized. The current policing crisis impacts all of us, and the victim in Arkansas was white. A more serious flaw in the president’s executive order is that local and state police are effectively free to disregard any rules governing federal law enforcement and its agencies, endangering the safety of all communities. What’s more, there are still no effective accountability systems in place to support any efforts to change the mindset of American police enforcement. Republican hostility to addressing urgently required improvements to qualified immunity in some sort of fruitful manner was a deal-breaker during the bipartisan negotiations, according to repeatedly beating a suspect 1.
Promotional Material Promotional Material It will be necessary for any solution to America’s policing crisis to be widely acknowledged that the problem extends beyond just repeatedly beating a suspect 2. The fact that the issues with policing are cultural and systemic is probably the biggest barrier to legislation. The brutal truth is that American policing requires a total makeover in almost every area. To remove the shields that bad actors currently have from true accountability, qualified immunity must be repealed in addition to the practical steps like body cams and chokehold bans. The only way to restore public confidence in our current law enforcement system is to improve policing openness, and recent events have shown us that we cannot rely on police to carry out this task on their own. Increased funding will be needed to provide cities with alternatives for resolving crises without involving law enforcement in order to reduce police violence. repeatedly beating a suspect 4 has been used in cities like Oakland and San Francisco. This idea’s general tenet is that when other strategies would be more effective, police presence frequently escalates circumstances and safety issues. For instance, sending two professional crisis managers to help someone having a severe mental health or psychiatric episode will probably get a different response than sending police squad cars to the site with sirens blasting and guns drawn. Training is given more importance in the present discussion about policing, as it should. The typical training period for American police officers is 21 weeks, or repeatedly beating a suspect 5. Training alone, however, is insufficient. Focusing more on culture is the only effective method to handle police reform in America, and the only way to change police culture is through systemic accountability provided by policy.
Promotional Material Advertisement Promotional Material Even while the number of cops who have been found guilty of misconduct has increased, the absence of systemic accountability all but guarantees that there will continue to be an intolerable level of police violence in American society. It is incorrect to leave this up to individual court cases without enacting policy reform since it does nothing to bridge the gaps that permit so many complaints about police abuses to go unresolved. Take into account the fact that almost every significant police brutality case in which an officer was even indicted by a grand jury included video evidence. Since ocular evidence has become the norm, those who live in states without a body camera requirement must rely on the hope that their concerns will be looked into and that a jury will give their testimony the same weight it would if they could actually see the evidence. That doesn’t work.
Advertisement We must fully grasp what is actually at risk in this discussion. The foundation of American democracy is the agreement between the police and society. As we have seen police break this bargain in numerous ways, it has not only endangered ideas of community safety but also damaged public confidence in law enforcement as one of the core institutions of the nation. We invite the further disintegration of American society if we let policy on police reform stagnate, especially at a time when crime rates are rising nationwide. That is not to say that the issues grabbing our attention right now are without value; rather, it is to say that this problem cannot be the one that gets overlooked.