Mary Sanchez

Ferguson reveals that police and their communities need reality checks

The nation’s police departments are disproportionately unlike the racial and ethnic makeup of the communities that they police. Yet to be an African-American or Latino member of law enforcement opens one up to accusations of being “more blue than black” or “brown” — a traitor to the community, as it were. That attitude has to change.

Mary Sanchez

Is police brutality on the rise? We need data

No national, compulsory database exists to track instances of police use of deadly force. No one knows how many people are killed by police, justifiably or not. Nor do we know how often police wound but do not kill the citizens they are also sworn to protect. “Police brutality” is great catchphrase for generating emotion, but coming to grips with it requires more understanding.

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