Every year, tens of millions of Americans have contact with the police. It could be for any reason: a traffic stop, a noise complaint, a theft report — anything.

Roughly 24 percent of our population has some contact (about 11 percent initiated by the police, the other 13 percent initiated by civilians). (See DOJ, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Statistics). Well over 90 percent of those interactions are non-violent.

However, as recent headlines tell us, there is violence in some police-civilian interactions. The question is: How do we eliminate it?

Police body cameras help if their use is enforced. Civilian cell phone cameras help, but random acts of civilian witnessing are not going to the root of the problem.

What is needed are independent local civilian review boards.

Consider the example of the officer who murdered George Floyd. He had 18 complaints on his official record, one of which was about an incident where Chauvin was among officers responding to a complaint by the mother of two young children. According to an ABC News report, videos from the scene were said to show Chauvin hitting a 14-year-old Black boy in the head with a flashlight so hard he required stitches, then holding him down with his knee for nearly 17 minutes, ignoring the boy's complaints that he could not breathe.

If there had been an independent civilian review board in Minneapolis in 2017, would the murder of George Floyd have taken place three years later, or would the murderer have been removed from the police force?

We don't know. Maybe. If he had been removed, it would have saved the Minneapolis Police — and countless other police departments around the globe — a world of trouble.

Yes, it's the "rotten apples" that cause the bulk of violence between civilians and police. Independent local police review boards can help remove them.

(10) comments

shiftless88

Interestingly, while 45 police were shot to death in 2020, 240 died from COVID. https://www.odmp.org/search/year/2020

shiftless88

Just some reality here. In 2020 1,021 people were shot to death by police. In 2020 45 police were shot to death (not sure if any of those were friendly fire). So no, police are NOT being murdered nearly every day.

RPK21774

Exactly pdl603. This fact is always conveniently omitted. Police are being murdered almost daily without a word of concern from the anti-police crowd.

DickD

Great LTE Ellis!

pdl603

Consider that 99.9 percent of all deaths at the hands of police are the fault of the perp for not obeying a lawful order. Your ploy to dilute the police’s ability to operate effectively has resulted in the Democrat’s Summer of Murder.

shiftless88

So why would the review board be opposed then? If the police are right 99.9% of the time then the board will be bored.

threecents

I am not against a Review Board, but it is natural that even conscientious police would be against them. As an analogy, If the IRS told you that they want to audit you, you probably wouldn't be happy about it, even if you thought you filled out your returns properly.

shiftless88

Just because I would not be happy to be audited does not mean I am against IRS audits or would do anything to forbid them.

JerryR

Exactly!! The libbies just don't understand root cause. The majority of the deaths of a perp is because they were too stupid or out of their minds to follow the request of the cop and pushed back in some way, shape, or form which caused the officer to draw their service weapon. Much of it starts the way many of these perps were raised or not raised as the case may be.

phydeaux994

What’s a libbie? Is it like a connie? I can tell you’ve never left Frederick County in your life. I think you’re the one that doesn’t understand JerryR. The Real World isn’t as scary as you make it out to be. I guess it has to do with how you were raised. Peace✌🏼

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