The “Few Bad Apples” Theory of Police Reform is Deadly Wrong
Jordan Bray
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This is only part of the ‘bad apple’ fallacy. The other very important element that I feel is ignored (at least where I live) is the difference between the police officers and the police. The “police” provides a service they act as an entity that must serve and protect. Their duty is to serve us — the people who live in the jurisdiction. If individual police officers are not given proper training, if they are not taught how to deal with stress, if they lack diversity, if they are rewarded for protecting some groups more than others, then how can you call any of them ‘bad apples’? Furthermore, the police are just one arm of the government and they can’t solve the underlying community problems themselves. Education, healthcare, infrastructure, rehabilitation, and jobs are all part of the equation. If one/some groups are being neglected or left behind then the police will have a much harder job. If society is racist, then the police are just an extension of that society. Bad laws + good police = bad results. Police officers in many cases should be seen as victims as well, not as scapegoats. It’s not a police problem, it’s everyone’s problem.

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