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Does Donald Trump or Joe Biden have the better approach to Policing? Show more Show less
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As Black Lives Matter #BLM protests shook the US in the wake of George Floyd's murder at the hands of police in Minneapolis in May 2020, the issue of police reform surged to the top of the political agenda. Policing will be a central debate in the upcoming US Election. Who has the better approach?

Donald Trump has the better approach to Policing Show more Show less

Donald Trump vehemently rejects calls to defund or dismantle the police, and describes himself as a Law and Order president. He has also enacted some reforms seeking to improve police accountability.
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Trump's June 16th Executive Order sets out clear reforms

Trump's proposed reforms include a) independent credentialling and proper training for officers, b) a misconduct database, c) greater cooperation with social services.

The Argument

President Trump has set out clear police reforms in his Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities on June 16th, 2020. The Executive Order has four main sections: First, President Trump has ordered that some grant money that has been distributed to the Department of Justice be distributed by the Attorney General to State and local law enforcement agencies that seek credentials for the quality of their work from independent credentialing agencies. This will encourage the improvement of police procedures so that police misconduct (especially the African-American community, according to President Trump) is reduced. Second, the Executive Order also orders that the Attorney General create a database that all law enforcement agencies can use to record and view instances of excessive force. This way, agencies and individuals can be aware of officers who have been reprimanded or fired for excessive force in the past. Third, the Executive Order calls for the Attorney General and the Secretary of Health and Human Services to focus on implementing policies and encouraging agencies that support the training of the police for interacting with individuals who have mental health disorders, are homeless, or are dealing with addiction. This section of the policy will do a lot to help build relationships between police and those who are often potentially difficult to deal with. Finally, the Executive Order calls for the Attorney General, the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, and the Director of the Office of Management and Budget to work on new legislation directed at improving police actions and encouraging community engagement between the police and the communities that they monitor. [1] All of these actions show concrete steps that President Trump is taking to improve policing in the United States.

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President Trump's Executive Order does not do enough to combat police brutality. While the order provides monetary compensation for agencies that actively seek to improve, it does not enforce penalties on agencies that fall short of appropriate police behavior.

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  1. https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/executive-order-safe-policing-safe-communities/
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