Magazine July 6, 2020, Issue

The Path to Better Policing

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Valuable reforms can come of this moment

After the egregious killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police and the days of protests and rioting that followed, there’s a bipartisan appetite for police reform. If such reform is implemented carefully and intelligently, it could reduce crime and improve relations between police officers and the communities they serve. But if it merely undermines law enforcement, the result could be soaring crime rates and ultimately a turn back to law-and-order politics.

As lawmakers confront this issue, they must keep three things in mind. First, police save lives and reduce crime by patrolling their communities. Second, there are effective but underused crime-fighting

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