Reform Our Cities, Not Just the Police

New York Police officers in Times Square in 2013. (Eduardo Munoz/Reuters)
All too often, law-enforcement officers are tasked with handling responsibilities that society broadly has failed to address.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE M innesota prosecutors have filed second-degree murder  and aiding-and-abetting charges against the police officers who participated in the killing of George Floyd last month. While nationwide protests have sometimes descended into violence and looting, they have also successfully increased the pressure for policing reforms. Liberals have put forward a package of modest changes, giving conservatives the opportunity to propose a truly radical program to address our failing inner cities.

Under the Constitution, the primary responsibility for criminal-law enforcement lies with the states, not the federal government. Maintaining law and order and protecting public health and safety fall squarely within the “police powers”


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