Over the course of the last several decades, and certainly at an accelerated pace within the last two years, America is taking a good, hard look as just what enforcing the law looks like. From Rodney King to George Floyd, our nation has been inundated with heartbreaking footage of things that have gone terribly wrong in American policing.
The political reactions to these issues have been predictably dichotic and fierce. It’s a silly fight, in reality, as no one is actually advocating for these sorts of tragedies to continue to occur. It’s just a matter of politicians on the far left and the far right making sure that they have the loudest, (and most inane), voice in the room.
We live in a nation that we love for her freedom and her continued dedication to equality, and examining our police policies is just one way to keep an eye on the issue.
In Arizona, an investigation into one town’s police department has delivered some concerning results.
Colorado’s attorney general said Wednesday that a civil rights investigation begun amid outrage over the death of Elijah McClain has found that the Aurora Police Department has a pattern of racially biased policing.Trending:
Attorney General Phil Weiser announced the investigation found the department has long had a culture in which officers treat people of color – especially Black people – differently than White people. He said the agency also has a pattern of using unlawful excessive force, frequently escalates encounters with civilians, and fails to properly document police interactions with residents.
“These actions are unacceptable. They hurt the people that law enforcement is entrusted” to serve, he said.
Change is already on the way, it seems.
Weiser urged the police department to commit to recommended reforms in officer training, its policies on use of force and especially stricter standards for police stops and arrests. If it fails to comply, he said, his office will seek a court order compelling the department to do so – but he noted that the department fully cooperated in the investigation.
The federal government is conducting similar probes of a number of notable departments, including the Minneapolis Police Department, which employed Derek Chauvin – the officer guilty of murder George Floyd.