With competing policy proposals on what, if anything, to do with the state of police in this country, this essay explores ideas on police reform that are badly needed if we are to prevent our communities from further decay and prevent even more racial division and strife. There’s a of talk about defund the police, abolish the police and the like. Most people know we need police to protect and to serve but we don’t need them to harm, kill and harass. Addressing how Black and Brown men and women have been repeatedly mistreated at the hands of law enforcement is long overdue.
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I’d just located street parking next to one of my favorite restaurants near the Grove neighborhood in St. Louis. Having arrived early, which is typical for me, I decided to wait in my car for a few minutes
before heading in to enjoy some Spanish Tapas.
Then it happened.
A navy blue Dodge Charger came to a screeching halt near the rear of my rented Camaro. What turned out to be two plainclothes police officers jumped out of their unmarked vehicle and stopped a twenty-something-year-old black kid walking down the sidewalk.
“Freeze boy!” one officer in khaki pants shouted as…
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