In communities across the United States, people are rethinking police practices. The goal is to treat all people fairly while still enforcing the law. All Americans want to feel safe, both from crime and police misconduct. While the overall crime rate continues to decline, in 2020 alone FBI data showed a 30% increase in murders, and gun violence took nearly 20,000 American lives - the most in more than 20 years. Although federal, state, and local lawmakers have taken some steps to review policing policies and reform police departments, crucial decisions still have to be made. Making these decisions will require sustained focus and the involvement of community members, policymakers, and law enforcement professionals.
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