Systemic Racism and Criminal Justice at the Crossroads

What is the future of policing in America?

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Protestors confront the Secret Service in front of the Old Executive Office Building on Pennsylvania Avenue. Protestors were there in a second day of DC protests against the police brutality in the death of George Floyd. May 30, 2020. (photo: Geoff Livingston)

An Uncertain Future

In the wake of the brutal killing of George Floyd, millions of voices have been lifted in unison against racial injustice and police violence. Countless protests have erupted in the U.S. and around the world.

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2020.06.06 Protesting the Murder of George Floyd, Washington, DC USA 158 20203. (photo: Ted Eytan)

A Hard Past

In 2016, Tony Timpa called 911 in the parking lot of an adult video store, saying he was off his medication for schizophrenia and depression and needed help. Video evidence shows Timpa died after a police officer pinned him down with a knee on his back for nearly 14 minutes and ignored his cries of “you’re gonna kill me!”

Analyzing the Data

The phrase “black lives matter” should be a completely uncontroversial phrase, because all black lives do matter.

A Way Forward

The Black community is far from a homogenous bloc; certainly not everyone agrees on how best to move forward to address the challenges inherent in problems as longstanding and far-reaching as racism and criminal justice in America.

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