I'll toss-in my .02 on this.I'm confused. Other than a national database for police-related violence, everything else mentioned in proposed federal legislation is well within the purview of the state and local governments. They want to ban choke holds, they can do it. They want to increase police training and add martial-arts training to lower the chances of deadly conflict, they can do it. They want to try using more health and mental professionals to handle mental and domestic disturbance, they can do it. They want to get more BOC officers, they control the recruiting rules and the pay. They want to have more oversight of the results after a confrontation, they can do it. They want to create a web site with a database covering any complaints about police action, they can do it. They want to mandate that police cameras be always on, they can do it.
So again, other than making the database of police interactions national, why are any of the states or localities waiting for federal action?
They could have done any or all of these (except body-cams) decades ago and they body-cams have been readily available for at least five years. So the question is, what were the local and state governments waiting for?
The only reason I can see Govt. permitting incompetence, is to see society degenerate even further, giving Govt. all the excuses it wants to pass still more restrictions/infringements/prohibitions against the law-abiding. Funny how none of those things does jack shit to stop the bad guys' behavior, isn't it?
So we get what we've seen year after year after year, with no apparent end in sight.
Until the Citizenry finally says, 'Enough is enough!', and takes-up arms and stands their ground, defending themselves against first the violent mobs, and then the inept/corrupt Govt. itself, as necessary.
I'd love to be wrong about all of this, because if I'm right, the core problem is and has been the ruling members of our Country holding cushy Tax Payer jobs in politics and withing the judiciary.
If our 'Leaders' and 'Law-Makers/Enforcers' can't be relied on?
It boils-down to us taking a firm hand.