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Call for federal oversight of law enforcement

People who live in New York should be able to trust that their local police officers are looking out for the best interests of citizens and their communities. While this may be true in most situations, there can also be times when law enforcement officers go too far in their efforts to control people or enforce the law. Some officers may even blatantly abuse their position and treat people unfairly and cruelly. 

The problems associated with police brutality and violence can be seen in numerous media reports but also in some data points as well. According to The Washington Post, more than 840 people have died at the hands of police officers in the United States in 2018 alone. Going back to the start of 2015, an estimated 3,800 lives have been cut short in police killings.

The number of people being killed by officers and the circumstances surrounding some of these deaths have led the members of the United States Commission on Civil Rights to call for help from the federal government. Under the prior presidential administration, the U.S. Department of Justice engaged in a program that was called Community Oriented Policing Services. In addition, the government was actively involved in investigating law enforcement systems accused of civil rights violations.

Under the current presidential administration, these activities have all but ceased. Even agencies that voluntarily submitted to investigations have had to push for results of their investigations. In an effort to protect citizens and restore police accountability, more involvement from the federal government is being requested.


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