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Apr 2016 | DISRUPTIVE LEADERSHIP

CIVILIAN OVERSIGHT AND POLICE REFORM
SAMUEL JOHNSON JR., BALTIMORE FIRE DEPARTMENT

This season, lawmakers all across the nation will be traveling to participate in their respective legislative sessions. Undoubtedly, a top priority on this year’s agenda centers on police accountability, and the reforms that need to be made to address excessive uses of force and racial bias by police. These proposed reforms come as a result of year-long protests in response to the killings of African-Americans by law-enforcement officers that have taken place across the nation and come to define a movement to end police brutality. Now, while police departments in big cities have been at the center of these controversies, a national debate has been brewing about the need for civilian oversight to help change what appears to be a lack of institutional control within the profession of policing. 

 

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