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Cops Out of Control

Cops Out of Control—Steve Hochstadt

The following message is an appeal from noted civil rights activist Shaun King. Known widely for his use of social media to promote social causes, including the Black Lives Matter movement, King recently posted a message on social media that offers 25 practical solutions that address police brutality (shown below). He asked that these police brutality essays be shared far and wide. Shaun King is the senior justice writer at the New York Daily News.

Daily, I hear friend and foe alike ask what the SOLUTIONS are to the problems of police brutality. They see our protests and assume that we haven't thought this through. We have. Here they are. SCROLL DOWN for the whole list.

For the past 6 weeks I have mapped out 25 reasonable, practical, achievable solutions for police brutality and even spelled out HOW we make them a reality.

Below, I have listed the WEB link and the FACEBOOK link for each solution. Read them, share them, refine them, then...let's plan on getting to work and making them a reality.

We can do this. We WILL do this.

Here's the introduction to the series

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-introducing-25-part-serie…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1094157720623145

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#1: Radically diversify America's Police Departments

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-police-brutality-fix-chan…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1096129407092643

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#2: Require American Police to have more training than cosmetologists

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-cops-trained-cosmetologis…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1096915633680687

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#3: Police must be routinely and randomly tested for steroids and other illegal drugs

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-police-routinely-tested-d…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1097380140300903

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#4: Bad Apples MUST Be Fired - they are toxic and dangerous

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-violent-racist-job-securi…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1098144406891143

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#5: Police must be required to earn 4 year degrees - it changes everything

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-police-officers-required-…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1098787190160198

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#6: Policing for profit must become a banned practice. A profit motive must never undergird law enforcement.

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-policing-profit-america-b…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1101066569932260

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#7: We must overhaul 911 - particularly for calls made about the mentally ill. It is the rotary phone of emergency services.

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-911-operators-save-lives-…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1101804536525130

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#8: Take women from 12% of police to 50% of police - they are more professional, less brutal, and just as effective

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-combat-police-brutality-h…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1102497229789194?match=d29tZW4%3D

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#9: Require cops to live in or near the areas they police. It's too easy to mistreat strangers.

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-cops-live-area-police-art…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1103885226317061?match=Y29wcyBsaXZl

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#10: Communities of color actually need less policing. Start by decriminalizing addiction and petty offenses.

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/communities-color-massively-ov…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1105674012804849?match=bWFyaWp1YW5h

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#11: American Police must be regularly tested for racial bias

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-american-police-regularly…

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Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1106406346064949?match=cmFjaWFsIGJpYXM%3D

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#12: American Police must be regularly tested and treated for PTSD

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-american-cops-regularly-t…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1106971526008431?match=cHRzZA%3D%3D

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#13: Why we must take bad laws on policing all the way to the Supreme Court

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-police-brutality-supreme-…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1108710325834551

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#14: Good police officers must actually speak out on bad cops

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-good-police-speak-bad-off…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1109507299088187

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#15: We must decriminalize mental illness

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-docs-treat-mentally-ill-d…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1112068195498764

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#16: We need to unleash the full power of body cameras

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-body-cameras-fail-unleash…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1113638592008391

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#17: Police departments must create and enforce reasonable new use of force standards

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-police-officers-force-mat…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1115188505186733

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Here's SOLUTION #18: Police must always carry 3 less lethal weapons other than firearms

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-police-officers-weapons-g…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1116266275078956?match=bGV0aGFs

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#19: Police must be banned from using violence based on their imagination of a threat

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-police-violence-based-ima…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1118984044807179

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#20: Every city and state in America must ban racial profiling

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-city-america-ban-racial-p…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1120067191365531

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#21: Police must be immediately filmed making a statement after each use of force incident

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-cops-record-statements-fo…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1121470467891870

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#22: Independent review boards must oversee investigations of police misconduct

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-police-independent-boards…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1122606474444936

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#23: Police misconduct cases must be tried by special/independent prosecutors

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-police-officers-local-pro…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1127405207298396

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#24: Police departments which fail to obey the Death in Custody Reporting Act should be cut off from all federal funding.

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-departments-don-report-ki…

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaunking/posts/113241262679#25: We must focus our fight against police brutality on the local and state level

#25: We must focus our fight against police brutality on the local and state level

LINK: https://www.nydailynews.com/…/king-combatting-police-brutali…

Facebook: https://facebook.com/shaunking/posts/1133406260031624

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