A year after the nationwide protests, some signs of progress — but police are still killing people

May 28 2021

From the article: "It's only been a year and it's been a quite unusual year," Tracie Keesee, a longtime former police officer and co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity, said in an interview with Salon. "Across the country you're seeing different types of ordinances, legislation and policy changes. You're going to have to give those an opportunity to get implemented and rolled out and eventually [have] data collected on it and tracked."

"The George Floyd protests kicked off a movement that wasn't merely about police reform but also engaged many other social justice issues, said Keesee, who formerly served as deputy commissioner for equity and inclusion at the New York Police Department.

Important questions now on the agenda, Keesee said, include "alternative responses" to mental health issues, in which non-police professionals might respond to certain kinds of calls. The larger question for communities, Keesee continued, is that of "being able to name and define what they would like 'public safety' to mean, and also influencing how that gets investment, what outcomes they hope these different changes will bring."

By Igor Derysh

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