Law/Justice

How Do We End Racism in Policing?

Abolishing qualified immunity is spot on.

American Civil Liberties Union

The murder of George Floyd last year was another wake-up call for many Americans about racism in policing. It was also a reminder that past efforts to address racist police practices have failed repeatedly. At the time of Floyd’s death, the police department of Minneapolis, Minnesota was attempting to reconcile and rebuild trust with the Black community, using some of its enormous $193 million budget to fund trainings on implicit bias, and other tools and tactics to reduce police violence against people of color. Yet none of this stopped Minneapolis police officers — including one of the very officers responsible for training new recruits — from murdering Floyd.

Incremental, piecemeal reforms to policing have not worked. Reducing police violence requires taking bold steps that lead to transformational change. In a town hall this week, ACLU Deputy Legal Director Jeff Robinson leads a discussion on the past, present, and future of policing with fellow ACLU policing experts Paige Fernandez and Carl Takei. The following are some key takeaways from that conversation.

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