Alternatives to Traditional Policing

Police exist to protect and serve the public. To defend and to ensure the safety of individuals and of communities. To stop and prevent crime. But in the wake of national, consecutive #BlackLivesMatter protests and continuous instances of unarmed Black people being shot by the police, serious debates about the nature of policing are now mainstream.


Use of force is also generally defined as a spectrum of different types of responses to a situation, a continuum. Police officers are expected to respond to a situation with the level of appropriateness that matches what is unfolding in front of them.


 This week, several House Democrats proposed new legislation to combat police brutality in the wake of ongoing protests. The Justice in Policing Act of 2020 outlines reforms such as the prohibition of racial, religious, and discriminatory profiling, a ban on chokeholds and no-knock warrants on the federal level, a new National Police Misconduct Registry, and… Continue reading QUALIFIED IMMUNITY