Public Mistrust of Law Enforcement Explained

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“Not only can they go after these people with surveillance, but they can then justify using the most aggressive, violent tactics. Whenever you create an assumption that somebody poses a physical threat to law enforcement, that provides incentive for law enforcement to shoot first and ask questions later.” — Justin Hansford, activist and law professor who heads the Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard University.

Antagonizing Rhetoric

“We are sick and tired of having targets on our back. We are sick and tired of having dirtbags trying to take our lives when all we’re trying to do is protect this community and protect our families. Enough is enough. If you’re the ones out there spreading the rhetoric that police officers are the enemy, well just know we’ve all got your number now. We’re going to be keeping track of all of y’all, and we’re going to make sure to hold you accountable every time you stir the pot on our police officers.” — Joe Gamaldi, president Houston Police Officer’s Union

“It’s not just looking at the people that may have committed any crimes, it’s looking at people that may have obstructed justice or maybe hiding evidence they have.” — Ken Magdison, U.S. attorney, Southern District of Texas

Reactionary Bias

Always a Suspect, Never a Victim

Good Cop, Bad Cop

Moving Forward

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