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USA Today - Laurie Robinson & Charles Ramsey: Adopt minimum national police use-of-force standards

Monday, June 1, 2020  
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Monday’s death of George Floyd, a Minneapolis man pinned to the ground by a police officer applying a knee to his neck, underscores a disturbing reality: Many Americans believe such fatal outcomes are inevitable when confrontations occur between people of color and law enforcement.

For us, as well, this moment feels tragically familiar.

More than five years ago, as the nation wrestled with the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, President Barack Obama asked us to lead a task force on policing in the 21st century. Our work produced 59 recommendations addressing the use of force, officer accountability and training on fair and impartial policing, among other things. But while we’ve seen promising changes in law enforcement since then, it’s painfully clear that we still have far to go.

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