2014-12-04

Why Police Officers Are Killing the People They Are Sworn to Protect

We valorize police officers precisely because they are supposed to subordinate their own safety to that of the public, which includes Eric Garner, Michael Brown, you, and me. Police officers should not be given broader latitude in ostensibly self-defense-related uses of force than civilians because police officers are civilians. Democracies do not let soldiers perform police duties, and police codes of conduct should not resemble counter-insurgency rules of engagement.

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