Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Washington Post Draws Link Between Elections and Police Shootings

The Washington Post's Radley Balko wrote a piece this week titled, "How elections affect police shootings," which draws a connection between elections and policing trends in Albuquerque, New Mexico--a city known for its history of excessive force.

No doubt, there are presumably many complex factors that contribute to the high level of police shootings in Albuquerque. However, Balko's analysis serves as a reminder that local elections, which often have low-turnout (and consequently, little accountability for local decision makers), must not be overlooked as the nation collectively approaches criminal justice reform and other issues that are significantly influenced by local decision makers.

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