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Old September 16th, 2015, 01:19 PM   #1
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Big Dreams and Bold Steps Toward a Police-Free Future

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Today, calls for policing reform in the United States are louder and more frequent than they have been for many years. The protest movements fueled by bold, dynamic resistance in Ferguson, Baltimore and other cities across the country have raised awareness about police killings, especially of Black people, and brought new voices and ideas to the fore. Those same movements are also making recommendations about policing reforms. Some recommendations have been broad and ideological such as Ferguson Action's demand for an "end to all forms of discrimination and the full recognition of our human rights." Others have involved collecting data and holding hearings, such as Ferguson Action's demand to call "a Congressional Hearing investigating the criminalization of communities of color, racial profiling, police abuses and torture by law enforcement." Others, such as the Organization for Black Struggle's recommendation that police should receive "enhanced personal unarmed combat training" or Campaign Zero's recommendation that body and dash cameras be required and funded, are more focused on the day-to-day aspects of policing practice. And these examples are merely representative of the range of recommendations currently being circulated.

This wave of reform recommendations comes within the context of an increased public focus on police killings, during a presidential election cycle, and in the age of social media dominance. Context matters in determining what will be understood as viable or politically advantageous, what is perceived as legitimate and who is accepted as having expertise. And, of course, the media are serving as an amplifier, turning up the volume on certain voices, recommendations and critiques, while rendering others silent.

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Many social issues are changing toward the human and civil rights of all Americans. I find this police state one of the biggest right now. Think it will change?
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Old September 16th, 2015, 04:13 PM   #3
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Not getting it. It's late, though, and I know it's me. But stopping a police force and this comment are related . . . ? ? ?
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While the militarisation of the police force in the USA worries me, the lack of a police force would concern me even more.

One of the best things to reduce tension against the police in the US is the removal of their need to fund some of their budget through issuing citations.
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While the militarisation of the police force in the USA worries me, the lack of a police force would concern me even more.

One of the best things to reduce tension against the police in the US is the removal of their need to fund some of their budget through issuing citations.
Perhaps we should replace our armed police with bobbies who wear silly hats and carry sticks.
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Perhaps we should replace our armed police with bobbies who wear silly hats and carry sticks.
I thought you already had.
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I thought you already had.
Problem here is, some of those "sticks" our cops carry are actually armored military vehicles.
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