Police Shootings: Law Enforcement and National Security Officials Must Protect and Serve Communities
The US, as well as the rest of the rest of the developed world, can lead on the national security and law enforcement challenges of the Twenty-First Century. Under threat, it is easy to embrace the “police state” mentality that prioritizes security over freedom. Instead of indulging the impulse to “militarize” community police and erode basic rights that guarantee human dignity, however, the US needs to confront modern threats, such as terrorism in the homeland and cybercrime, through policies and practices that modernize the peacekeeping mission of the police.
Cop killers and killer cops, including those involved in the recent examples of the Dallas Shootings, Philando Castile Killing, and the Alton Sterling Murder, reveal a growing divide between law enforcement and the communities they are supposed to serve. The manner in which police approach members of the community as presumed threats demonstrates how the police fail to support members of the communities most in need of help. Criminals are broken, dysfunctional members of their communities. For the sake of these individuals and their communities, they need constructive intervention from community leaders, such as the police.