The Problems with U.S. Policing Need More Light—and Far Less Heat

I spend at least 40 hours a week working for a non-profit devoted to improving policing—mostly in the U.S. I’m also a former pastor of 13 years and a seminary graduate. That mix shapes how I look at the recently re-ignited controversies surrounding U.S. policing and leads me to four observations.

1. We obviously can’t do without police.

The Christian worldview recognizes some realities of human nature and society.

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Poll: “Americans' trust in the Black Lives Matter movement has fallen and their faith in local law enforcement has risen”

"Last June, 60% in a USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll described Floyd's death as murder; that percentage has now dropped by double digits to 36%." - USA Today

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We Must Choose Sides Between Chaos and Police

"What that says is there’s no longer any middle ground. The contrasts are too stark. We can side with a working mother, someone’s daughter and neighbor, who is willing to risk her life for her community and her partner. Or we can side with those who laugh at her being shot and choking on her own blood, her only sin being the badge she wears." - TAC

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In Support of Our Law Enforcement Officers

"We understand that you often find yourselves in volatile situations that demand the Wisdom of Solomon in a split second. You walk a fine line where your own personal safety is a stake on one side, and potentially life-changing legal consequences loom on the other. We pray God will keep you safe and give you His wisdom. We pray that God will enable you to see your circumstances clearly, carry out your duties justly, and come home safely." - Kevi Schaal

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