Modeled on restorative justice, an effective process of police accountability should take responsibility for the harm caused by a legacy of racism, writes the executive director of Equal Justice USA. Several U.S. police departments have already put it in practice.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot says she was unaware of the practice when she chaired the Police Board and demanded that police immediately stop investigating the backgrounds of people who speak at board meetings.
Reducing violence and increasing safety requires building trust between the police and marginalized communities, but that won’t happen until police acknowledge the historical role law enforcement played as enforcers of slavery and Jim Crow, warns a civil rights lawyer.
A draft consent decree aimed at curbing abuse of force and racial bias in the Chicago police department is now circulating for comment. But it may not solve the underlying issues, writes a Boston attorney.