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Khanoisseur 🐶🤦🏻‍♂️🌎+ Your Authors @Khanoisseur Nonpartisan fact-checks + “frustratingly accurate” analysis of news (+🐶 pics). *Turn notifications on* Stuff @Google @Twitter @Facebook @Tesla @Audi Jun. 12, 2020 1 min read + Your Authors

You can’t become a police officer in US unless you have a college or associates degree (some departments like Chicago even impose a max recruitment age limit of 40)—this discrimination against low-income people increases inequality, drives tension between poor and well-paid cops.

Ways to reduce tensions between police and public:

1. Reduce the number of guns
2. Increase the number of college-educated (free college?) and decrease poverty (universal basic income?)
3. Reduce the number of armed cops, increase the number of trained community caretakers

Closing the income gap between police officers and the targets of their policing is crucial to reducing police violence — unfortunately, in many US cities, cracking down on the poor is how police departments thrive and grow bigger. Vicious cycle which increases police run-ins.

The armed cops who were dispatched to arrest George Floyd were pulling in combined salaries $400,000 with health + retirement benefits; Floyd who was recently laid off due to Covid-19 was probably living off whatever savings he had. An all too common disparity that fuels tension.

Floyd’s killer Chauvin still eligible for $1 million pension. Amid growing calls to shift money from police to improved social services, youth and community development and mental health treatment, pensions will become a flashpoint in the ongoing debate. 

Police pensions provide a perverse incentive for some crooked cops to entrench themselves, blocking fresh talent from joining. Some cops who retire “double-dip”: collecting taxpayer-supported pensions, then going back on city payroll as civilian employees. 

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