Perspectives: The Role of Police and Law Enforcement in the US

Headline Roundup June 1st, 2020

The role of the police and law enforcement officials in a civil society is under the microscope following George Floyd's death in police custody last week. Floyd's death, which happened after a police officer knelt on his neck for over eight minutes, set off a chain of public protests and anger across the U.S.

Some voices, particularly on the left but also located throughout the spectrum, questioned the notion that police and law enforcement keep the public safe, and advocated for de-funding them. Some voices focused instead on stories of well-intentioned police officers, while others explored realistic possibilities for widespread police reform. Some right-rated voices argued that most police officers are committed to helping communities, while very few are overly violent or abusive.

Perspectives: The Role of Police and Law Enforcement in the US

From the Left
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OPINION

The only way we’re going to stop these endless cycles of police violence is by creating alternatives to policing. Because even in a pandemic where black people have been disproportionately killed by the coronavirus, the police are still murdering us.

On Monday, a worker at a store in Minneapolis called 911, claiming that George Floyd had used counterfeit money. The incident ended with a police officer suffocating Mr. Floyd to death, despite his and bystanders’ pleas for mercy. Protests have since erupted across the country while the police respond with...

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From the Center
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ANALYSIS

The call came in on Thursday around noon. A woman called 911 from a neighbor’s house saying her husband was threatening to kill her.

Odgen, Utah, Officer Nate Lyday and an officer from Adult Probation and Parole who was in the area responded to the address. They found the 53-year-old suspect on his front porch. He refused to cooperate, retreated into the house and slammed the door.

The officers apparently never saw a gun, but as they rushed to follow the man, he fired through the door. The parole officer...

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From the Right
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OPINION

This has nothing to do with Minneapolis, but there appears to be a real lack of understanding about police work on the part of many of the general public. Mainly because no one ever took the time to try to explain how cops do their jobs. Most people form their opinions about the police and how they operate based on what they see on TV or in the movies.

So here’s a chance to test your knowledge on exactly how police do their jobs, and why police officers do certain...

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