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Confronting Police Abuse Requires Shifting Power From Police Unions

By Rachel Greszler

 

Confronting Police Abuse Requires Shifting Power From Police Unions
Time and again, union contracts come into play in keeping police officers accused and even convicted of misconduct and abuse in positions of power. Pictured: A crowd boos Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey on Saturday after he says he doesn’t support dismantling the police force. (Photo: Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

 

 

By and large, police officers are heroes who put their lives on the line to protect the communities in which they live and serve. How then should we react to cases of police misconduct and brutality when they come to light?

Confronting this requires what Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey referred to as“this one, nearly impenetrable barrier, which is the union contract and the way it is set up.”

Derek Chauvin, the now-fired police officer who was arrested and charged in George Floyd’s death, had multiple complaints against him, only one of which resulted in a reprimand. Read More…