The criminal justice system is heavily impacted by the bias of a police mentality, as well as outdated judicial precedents.

Evidence suggests that many individuals are incarcerated not solely because of their crime, but because of racially disparate policies, beliefs and practices, causing collateral consequences to their families and the extended community. Unwarranted levels of incarceration worsens racial disparities and is problematic not only for the impacted group, but for society as whole, weakening the justice system’s potential and undermining perceptions of justice.

For example: across the nation, we prepare for rioting if justice is not served in the trial of Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd.

While acknowledging these factors, the nation’s imprisonment rate is at its lowest level in more than two decades. The greatest decline has come among Black Americans, whose imprisonment rate has decreased 34 percent since 2006 at the same time crime rates have continuously dropped.

Unfortunately, Maryland has the highest incarceration rate for Blacks in the nation. Time for a revamp.

The Maryland legislature just passed landmark police reform. The legislation will overhaul the disciplinary process for officers accused of misconduct, allow public scrutiny of complaints and internal affairs files, and create a new legal standard requiring that police use only “necessary” and “proportional” force. Officers who use excessive force will face additional criminal penalties, including up to 10 years in prison. Also, police will be limited on when they can obtain so-called “no-knock” warrants or raid homes at night.

Please don’t get me wrong, I’m all for professional policing. But not for taking an arrestees on a joy ride in a police van, leading to their death. Or chasing down a harmless undocumented female immigrant on her lunch break, then separating her from her children for days. Not to mention placing your knee on someone’s neck for over 9 minutes. That’s not policing.

(11) comments

KellyAlzan

If you’re a police officer it’s real simple - lose the ego and don’t be a racist

micky

Need help ?? Call a SJW !!

Rockfish

Hope you don't need the police because they won't be doing much anymore for fear of having their lives ruined by lawsuits against them for doing their job.

bnick467

If they don't break the law, they have nothing to worry about, right?

C.D.Reid

If doped up black criminals didn't resist arrest for committing another crime they wouldn't have anything to worry about either, right? It is illegal to disobey a lawful order from a cop. "Turn around and place your hands behind your back" is a lawful order. How many dead blacks would be alive today if they had simply just done that?

public-redux

Gubbermint employees who won’t do their jobs should lose their jobs.

shiftless88

If they think they cannot do their job without breaking the law then they are likely in the wrong profession.

BornToHula2

[thumbup]

C.D.Reid

That's a real easy thing to say, sitting behind your computer with no idea what it's like to be a cop in a potentially volatile situation. And by that I mean when you're one of just a few cops surrounded by 100 plus people who don't want you busting their brutha for something as trivial as committing another crime.

PurplePickles aka L&M

So if cops are afraid to do their jobs for risk of lawsuit then maybe that will give them enough of a pause to tell the difference between a taser and gun? Oh and enough of a pause to know that kneeling on someone's neck for 9 minutes is just plain murder. So I am just fine if cops are afraid of being cops...

niceund

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