- Key Factors and Causes behind Police Violence
- Is it really that bad?
- Internet Cameras all over
- Fear training 138 hours of applying violence, only 8 of deescalating
- Militarization of Police - Million+ Swat teams
- Police are given special rights and a legal framework set up to prevent police from being sued
- No transparency - video evidence suppressed
- No national database for disciplined police officers
- Police unions wieldy massive power
- Crippling Justice due to Cronyism of Police Managers, City Officials/Mayors and Prosecutors/DAs
- Broader Problems of Policing in USA
- Police in USA Timeline of Shootings and Deaths, Protests
- George Floyd May 2020
- 2020 Trump body language says choke-holds "ok - not that big deal"
- Ferguson shooting
- 1980s No Broken Windows in Neighborhood
- Proactive Policing, Zero Tolerance - friction with Minorities
- Massive shift to "all-purpose-Order" amid Political support - rare Low enforcement role
- Massive growth of Prison-Industrial System
- Movements, Protests and Popular Impact
Key Factors and Causes behind Police Violence
Is it really that bad?
Internet Cameras all over
Fear training 138 hours of applying violence, only 8 of deescalating
Most of this begins with police training which instructs officers to be on their guard at all times and not hesitate to shoot first or risk a fatality.
Militarization of Police - Million+ Swat teams
Police are given special rights and a legal framework set up to prevent police from being sued
No transparency - video evidence suppressed
No national database for disciplined police officers
Police unions wieldy massive power
Crippling Justice due to Cronyism of Police Managers, City Officials/Mayors and Prosecutors/DAs
Broader Problems of Policing in USA
Police Jobs have Little Minority Representation
Demographically, there are mostly middle class whites in police forces, but the officers and leadership are nearly always white.
In Boston and to some extent most of North-east, the Irish tended to dominate the police force, helping them, but hurting other races.
Guns make Policing Dangerous in USA
Drug trade, Criminal Gangs rampant
Melting pot of Immigrants, many illegal make Policing hard in US
Social Problems force Police Actions against Minorities
The policing strategies of the past 40 years sprang from the tendency of American policy makers and public officials to address society’s deepest problems by sending an armed person. .. We send police officers to deal with too many social problems—substance abuse, mental illness, homelessness, domestic disputes, even civil unrest—for which they are grossly unprepared .. The police overuse enforcement, including arrests, in dealing with them. This results too often in force and violence against black people. [SRC: WSJ]
Police in USA Timeline of Shootings and Deaths, Protests
George Floyd May 2020
- In Minneapolis changes AFTER the violent riots and protests
- They’ve banned warrior training
- City Council pledged this week to revamp or replace the department whose officers were charged with the death of George Floyd.
2020 Trump body language says choke-holds "ok - not that big deal"
- New reports show clear racial bias in Ferguson too, where 76% of tbe population have outstanding arrest warrants and 96% of those people are black.
1980s No Broken Windows in Neighborhood
Policing strategy since the 1980s started from the “broken windows” approach aimed at aggressive action against any signs of disorder.
Proactive Policing, Zero Tolerance - friction with Minorities
Gradually the police have escalated to “zero tolerance” of minor crimes, to “proactive policing” to deter crime through a show of relentless enforcement.
It came to seem that police work consisted primarily of stopping, frisking and arresting people of color in large and growing numbers.
Massive shift to "all-purpose-Order" amid Political support - rare Low enforcement role
In the aftermath of the urban rioting of the late 1960s, the political scientist James Q. Wilson wrote, “The patrolman’s job is defined more by his responsibility for maintaining order than his responsibility for enforcing the law.” .. The national rate for bringing charges in murder cases has sunk to 59.4%, its lowest since the FBI began tracking the figure.
Massive growth of Prison-Industrial System
This led not only to a massive increase in prison populations but to widespread anger with the police in much of urban America.