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Subject:  Re: Looking For Albaby Date:  6/8/2020  9:27 AM
Author:  albaby1 Number:  2314245 of 2332408

Hypothetically of course....if it would make black Americans feel safer....with black police officers patrolling their neighborhoods....what laws would Americans need to change so that could begin to happen....and what would we need to do to offer black police officers a $25,000 a year bonus to work in a black neighborhood?

You'd probably need to amend or repeal the 14th Amendment, and of course the relevant provisions of the Civil Rights Act governing employment discrimination.

Of course, I think the premise of your question is flawed. There are far deeper problems with policing in the U.S. than the racial composition of the patrol officers. The problem is systemic, not individual. There are a number of factors that make it far too easy for the police to use force, including deadly force, in situations that don''t warrant it. These include strong police unions that shelter police from accountability, laws shielding police records from public scrutiny, lack of civilian oversight over police disciplinary actions, legal presumptions against liability for police misconduct, etc.

Taken together, these institutional factors mean that citizens have very few systemic protections against police misconduct. Which means that it is very dangerous for people to interact with the police unless they individually have resources to protect themselves against police misconduct - typically wealth or status in the community. And those things correlate to race pretty strongly in our society.

So poor communities get policed harshly, while middle-class and wealthy communities get policed more gently. And because there's such a strong correlation between wealth and race in this country, that means that you get a strong correlation between harsh policing and race as well.

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