Police training is expensive, and it still is not enough

A photo of Breonna Taylor is seen among other photos of women who have lost their lives as a result of violence during the second annual Defend Black Women March in Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington, D.C., on July 30. Leigh Vogel/Getty Images for Frontline Action Hub/Tribune News Service

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Do we have a right to a well-trained police force?

The question is one we should be discussing in the wake of two recent developments in the 2020 shooting death of Breonna Taylor: an announcement that the federal investigation has led to indictments against four police officers, and the less publicized decision by a federal judge in late July to dismiss most of the lawsuit filed by Taylor’s neighbor, whose apartment was hit by the fusillade of bullets fired that night. Although the indictments are understandably the bigger story, the neighbor’s lawsuit might also point the way toward avoiding such tragedies in the future.

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From what I read, the problem is probably not the amount of official training. It's the unofficial training (the culture of the department in question) plus some of the official training is pretty questionable too. Smart and ambitious policy changes could improve everyone's lives, especially Black lives.

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