In Episode 2 we decided to take a super simple issue: Police and Race in America. Of course I’m being facetious here. This is a hugely sensitive issue with so many variables. Racism, violence, people who have been historically treated as second class citizens, police who put their lives on the line … there’s a lot for anyone to sort through. What we wanted to do, though, as in everything, was to find the areas in which we can agree with each other. Often in the noise of the talking heads on cable news, the Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter people spend most of their time arguing, and we wanted to show that people on opposing sides of the political spectrum can find areas in which they agree.
The areas of agreement we found were:
1) We should always seek to break stereotypes on both sides (police shouldn’t act like bullies and racial groups shouldn’t act like their caricatures)
2) Focus on bright spots and communities where policing works very well (ie create a database of great cities where policing is working well)
3) Pursue community policing model
4) Hire police recruits that mirror the populations they are policing as much as possible
5) Accountability is key for those who use excessive force. There should be consequences for police officers who use excessive force.
6) There should be an investigation into the possibility of operating a accountability hotline or external outlet for people to report police brutality
7) When being apprehended, people should be respectful and compliant toward police officers, and should not make sudden or aggressive movements
8) Approach those who have views very different from your own with curiosity instead of contempt
9) Police should work hard to create a perception of being part of the community, not aggressive overlords.