This is the state of policing in America a year after George Floyd was killed
May 25, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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In the year that has passed since the nation was confronted with harrowing video showing a Minneapolis police officer killing George Floyd, police and politicians across the country have been scrutinizing the failures in police leadership, culture and training that Floyd's murder exposed as they seek to redefine policing in America.
(CNN)In the year that has passed since the nation was confronted with harrowing video showing a Minneapolis police officer killing George Floyd, police and politicians across the country have been scrutinizing the failures in police leadership, culture and training that Floyd's murder exposed as they seek to redefine policing in America.
Police leaders in major cities are incorporating lessons learned from the Floyd case into their use of force policies, such as the obligation of fellow officers to intervene in excessive force incidents, rendering first aid to those harmed by police, and holding officers accountable by their colleagues for complaints and allegations of misconduct.
But as departments face an anti-police climate, as well as calls to defund their budgets following several police killings of Black Americans, law enforcement leaders face the daunting long-term challenge of fostering a cultural change while building trust with communities even as new incidents of excessive force dominate the news cycle.
"There is an appreciation for just how fragile that trust is because the Floyd incident happened in Minneapolis yet cities across America are impacted by it," said Charles Ramsey, former DC and Philadelphia police chief and a CNN law enforcement analyst.
In the wake of Floyd's murder, members of the Minneapolis City Council announced plans to defund and "dismantle" its police department.
The Unity Community Mediation Team, a Minneapolis-based group of community activists, has been working directly with the police department in their efforts to implement necessary reforms and secure a more diverse leadership, among other recommendations, to revive public confidence in law enforcement.
Minneapolis City Council President Lisa Bender and her constituents have led efforts to eliminate the police department and replace it with a new model for public safety.
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey, however, is opposed to defunding the city's police department but has prioritized changing its structure and culture, with a specific focus on building police and community relations and public safety.
"These programs need to operate as supplemental to the work that is underway already in our police department," Frey said at a press conference this month.
Frey and Chief Arradondo have announced several key changes to the department over the past year, according to a recent report, including an overhaul to its use of force policy, a new policy on "no-knock" warrants, and a new requirement to report instances of police de-escalation attempts.
Many police reform efforts, such as peer intervention and de-escalation, had already been underway in recent years, but the impact of Floyd's case only intensified the effort, according to Roberto Villaseñor, former chief of the Tucson Police Department who was a member of former President Obama's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.
Chauvin's trial further intensified the need for better police training with Chief Arradondo's testimony that the former cop violated department policy and his use of force was unjustified.
The Baltimore Police Department overhauled its use of force policy that included the duty to intervene and render first aid under a federal consent decree, according to Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison, who is also the president of the board at the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), a national police research and policy organization.