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Old 10-12-2016, 01:37 AM   #2 (permalink)
Dean from Australia
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As much as I empathized with Mychal's perspective on policing and law enforcement, I don't agree that less police is answer to the current dysfunction in the U.S.

Law enforcement is necessary for the safety and security of a community.

However, the recruitment and vetting of candidates seems, to me, to be a major problem faced by law enforcement agencies. I've seen a lot of bigotry and racism creep into policing and I think that the vetting processes to identify candidates who exhibit these qualities needs to be strengthened so that bigotry, racism, homophobia etc, etc are eliminated.

Also, community engagement between the police and key community representatives needs to be strengthened and supported so that positive relationships can be maintained between police and communities. When you have positive relationships, you have the climate for mutual respect. The tragic situations we have seen over the past few years would surely fall away.

These are only two things out of a myriad of things that need to be done but surely they're worth doing.
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