Equal Protection Under the Law:
This is a fundamental part of American government we learn in Civics class, but it is not reality. Poor people go to jail for small offenses, and Wall Street Bankers break the law, crash the economy causing hardship for millions, and don’t even have to give back their ill-gotten bonuses.
Police are “To Protect and Serve” all citizens, but that is not reality either. Leveling the Justice playing field with reform and demilitarization of police forces should be a very high priority.
Immediate necessary reforms in policing include banning choke and carotid holds, eliminating no-knock warrants on drug cases, and mandatory jail sentences for police who cannot provide body camera footage when they cause significant injury.
More fundamental changes include eliminating private prisons and other “punishment for profit” arrangements; eliminating mandatory sentences; treating drug use as an illness, not a crime; and shifting resources to create education and opportunity, rather than punishment; and creating a better trained, more professional, more racially diverse police force,
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