U.S. police killed 151 people in June 2020. In comparison, 150 people were killed by police in June 2019. Law enforcement is on track to kill 1,000 people by year’s end, as they did last year, and the year before, and the year before that. The fact that these deaths are routine and predictable is outrageous, even more so now at a time when the whole world is watching and the police still can’t stop killing people.
June was a month like no other in U.S. history – an uprising against racism and police brutality that spread quickly across some 4,000 towns and cities. If ever there was a time for police to stop brutalizing civilians, this was it. Everything had changed, and yet nothing changed. On June 12, two weeks into the uprising, Rayshard Brooks was shot and killed by an Atlanta officer who had gone through cultural-awareness and de-escalation trainings just months before.
Brooks’ death, like so many others whose lives were taken by police, clearly indicate that no amount of scrutiny or training can fix the institution of policing in this country, because it is, at its roots, inherently violent and racist. It cannot be reformed.
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