John Oliver on Police Reform

John Oliver does a good job reviewing many of the important aspects of police reform. He goes hard on police unions, which often cover for abusive cops. He talks about the difficulties of successfully suing abusive cops because of “qualified immunity.” He talks about fundamental police reformation as in Camden. He points out that “defund the police” doesn’t actually mean defund the police; it means spending less on police and more on other “community safety” measures. One problem is that he cites statistics showing disproportionate police responses involving minorities without accounting for possible disproportionate criminality among (a tiny subset) of minorities. Another big problem is that he ends with a clip that rationalizes destroying the property of innocent parties. The answer to injustice is justice, not more injustice.

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