Don’t Just Hire “Better Cops.” Punish the Bad Ones.

Source: Reason
by Katherine Mangu-Ward

“Defunding the police — the rallying cry of the angry summer of 2020 — proved an unpopular idea. Most people don’t want to abolish the police; they just wish they could trust officers in their neighborhoods to do the right thing when they are needed. Congressional micromanagement of the rules of engagement between cops and citizens isn’t the only way forward, and it’s probably not the best one. Instead of focusing primarily on prevention, the best way to prevent future abuses may counterintuitively be to consistently and publicly punish law enforcement officers who have stepped over the line after the fact.” (for publication 04/23)