Police violence is tangled up with racism and systemic injustice. We desperately need to do more to address that, foremost by shoring up the criminal-justice system so that it holds police officers accountable when they kill. But it’s also true that deadly mistakes are going to happen when police officers engage in millions of potentially dangerous procedures a year. What aviation teaches us is that it should be possible to “accident proof” police work, if only we are willing to admit when mistakes are made.
"How to Accident-Proof the Police" is from the August 13, 2017 Opinion section of The New York Times. It was written by Pagan Kennedy and narrated by Kristi Burns.