Sunday, June 7, 2020

System Failure: Law Enforcement. From Legal profession and those within.

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How law enforcement needs to change: A former prosecutor speaks to her ex-colleagues

We have a policing crisis in this country. And I don’t just say that as a member of Congress, or as a concerned citizen. I say that as a career prosecutor.
For black and brown Americans, this comes as nothing new. In fact, many of those who have been most adversely affected by our nation’s policing practices are probably tired of hearing people like me point out the obvious. And rightfully so.

I will never fully understand what our communities of color face on a daily basis. And I’ve tried to spend these last few days listening and learning instead of talking.
I’m writing this now because I think it’s important for people who have worked in law enforcement to speak out. It’s important for people like me to state clearly and definitively that this system — which I was a part of — is broken. And it has been for some time. The deep-rooted failings of police practices in the black community have been laid bare far too often in recent years with tragic consequences. From Amadou Diallo to Eric Garner, to Michael Brown, Tamir Rice, and now Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, David McAtee and George Floyd. And yet, we’ve taken no substantive measures to address the chronic violence that police departments disproportionately inflict upon communities of color.

During my two decades as a prosecutor, I saw some of the best that law enforcement had to offer — dedicated men and women who cared deeply about the communities they served. But I also saw the very worst — the misconduct, excessive force and the institutionalized racism that plagues too many departments. And worse still, I’ve seen how officers who had no business carrying a badge and a gun were allowed back on the street, even as they posed a threat to public safety. Officers like Derek Chauvin.
That’s why we first need to repeal 50-a, a New York State law that keeps all police disciplinary records confidential. Too often, instances of police brutality involve officers with long histories of misconduct. The warning signs are there, but the public isn’t allowed to see them. Repealing 50-a must also be accompanied by the creation of a federal database that would track officers who have been fired for misconduct to ensure that they are not rehired in other jurisdictions...................................

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