As American society seeks to institute police reforms in the wake of the protests following George Floyd's murder, the imperative to include communities that have been disproportionately victimized by police in those reform processes becomes increasingly apparent. For members of these communities, questions of police reform implicate not only physical violence, but violations of human dignity itself. When police discriminate against individuals from a particular community, they enact a dignity taking on that community and claim that dignity for themselves. Therefore, for reform to be meaningful, the dignity taken by the police must be restored to the communities it was taken from. This can be achieved by excluding the police and their unions from the reform process, creating elected civilian review boards with the power to fire, and removing an assortment of police privileges.
John F. Acevedo,
Reclaiming Black Dignity,
Tex. L. Rev. Online
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