The Myth Of Police Reform Essay

945 Words Oct 4th, 2015 4 Pages
Every time you manage to watch the news, you always see the same old story. An American dead by the hand of a police officer who failed to judge the situation correctly. Ta-Nehisi Coates, an author for the Atlantic, wrote the article, “The Myth of Police Reform,” to help inform the public of the current atrocities at hand. Sadly, our country relies on the idea that our current social problems should be handled with force. Obviously, this idea is outdated since there are countless incidences in which innocent people end up dead by the hand of the police. Unfortunately, in today’s day in age it seems as if the police feel like they are above the law and demand respect by oppressing people with their power. Some may believe that this problem is a quick fix and could be solved with ideas such as body cameras. However, this would only be a short-term solution. Americans should not feel as if their rights are being violated during police encounters, we deserve to feel a sense of protection. If America truly wants change, we must focus on the source of the problem, the judicial system as a whole.
Within the editorial, the author mentions numerous examples in which the police failed to protect the people and ended up harming them instead. Thus furthering the lack of trust between police and American citizens. These incidences could have been avoided if America avoided solving every social problem with someone trained to kill. While Ta-Nehisi only depicts a few fatal outcomes, he…

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