The Wrong Training
On average, police spend nearly one-third of their training on combat tactics. Many law enforcement training curricula focus on preparing for the potential of a threat or threats derived from statistically singular or anecdotal events. This heavily impacts the perceptions, biases, opinions, and attitudes that law enforcement officers carry into their interactions with the public.
Absent immediate criminal justice training reform, we will all remain complicit in the racially biased, stereotypical depictions and dehumanization of African Americans, and other minorities, that provoke a falsely-heightened, adversarial perception of threat.
“Police officers are being trained to react when a threat is merely possible, instead of probable.”
— Laura Sherwood, ICJTR Board President
In the United States, only a small fraction of the over 17,000 law enforcement agencies actually track officers misconduct reports. The reason for this is unknown, but it may not be being tracked because it is not seen as misconduct. If an officer is cleared of charges and honored for the actions, even if it costs someone their life, then any initial reports will not be part of the tracking mechanism.
A vast majority of Americans support the thin blue line. We all want good officers to succeed. The sacrifices which law enforcement officials make on our behalf are often overlooked and under-appreciated. Police brutality statistics should not exist, but they do because a small minority of officers abuse their privilege.
Statistics About Police Brutality
1. Police officers are indicted in fewer than 1% of killings, but the indictment rate for civilians involved in a killing is 90%. (FiveThirtyEight)
2. On average, in the United States, a police officer takes the life of a citizen every 7 hours. (Fatal Encounters)
3. In 2015, there were 1,307 people who lost their lives at the hands of a police officer or law enforcement official. In 2016, that number was 1,152. Although lower, both years are still higher than the 1,149 people who were killed by police in 2014. (Fatal Encounters/Mapping Police Violence)
4. 52% of police officers report that it is not unusual for law enforcement officials to turn a blind eye to the improper conduct of other officers. (US Department of Justice)
5. 61% of police officers state that they do not always report serious abuse that has been directly observed by fellow officers. (US Department of Justice)
This week the was another incident that happen to go viral on social media. I wouldn’t want to post more nonsense, I would love for us to find an answer to this problem with law enforcement. If you haven’t seen the video I’d advise you to check it out with a open mind, the young was yelling “my hands are up”, as the cop shouted repeatedly “he has a gun”. Let’s come together, we are one!