All these US white policemen murdering unarmed black men have another identity in common that is routinely overlooked. They’re all men, perpetuating racism, killing blacks, putting the police and USA to shame.
In fact, a police officer who stopped such a police murder in-the-making (and was dishonorably fired for that) was … a woman (see above clip).
Nice idea to demilitarize the police, to make them deal less with family disputes or drug addicts (called defund the police). Yet, we will always need some police force. But let it be less aggressive. It’s been demonstrated over and over again that courses in de-escalation don’t suffice. Anti-racism training also has limited effects.
More women and more minorities into the police force is what will do it.
And just doing that is not enough! Don’t send in those ‘representatives’ of oppressed segments of the population without support and backup. Make sure that women, non-white, and Jewish police are respected by everyone in the force — and those white policemen who can’t comply must be fired.
A case in point was South Bend’s first black police chief. He was attacked by his own officers and saw no other way than to record their phone calls to prove their racism. He was fired as if he was white. Colorblindness is no solution to racism. White Mayor Pete Buttigieg never got that. He now saw him as untrustworthy. But you don’t fire the victim. You say: Sorry that I wasn’t available to support you so that you had no choice but to wiretap.
Fifty years ago, introducing women into the police worked wonders in the Netherlands, with its un-violent society, compared to the US. Female police officers deescalate situations that used to get out-of-hand quickly.