Police brutality calls for police accountability

Criminal justice expert and professor at Northeastern University Deborah Ramirez discusses why it’s difficult to hold police accountable for using excessive force and if changes will be made.
3:05 | 07/10/20

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As issues surrounding police brutality intensify in the United States so does police accountability. Joining us now is criminal justice expert and professor of law at northeastern university, Deborah Ramirez. Thank you so much for being with us. The police have the power to detain, to arrest, to use physical force, but it's extremely difficult to hold them legally accountable for the excessive use of those same powers, tell us why. The reason is the police unions through the collective bargaining process have created a system that makes it almost impossible to fire a police officer. And so police chiefs can't keep the bad cops off the street. Right now, under the current system we the taxpayers are paying 100% of the costs for illegal, unconstitutional criminal police misconduct and the officer under the current system pays not one penny. So there is no police accountability for police misconducts. So, professor Ramirez, it begs the question, what can be done in these types of situations to hold police accountable? Well, there's a simple solution and in New York, they're already starting the process, just as doctors must carry professional liability insurance, we are proposing that all police officers begin to carry professional liability insurance. When an officer engages in illegal searches and seizures, when an officer uses excessive force, the officer and the officer's insurance company should pay for that conduct and the officer's premiums should rise. And if the officer can continues to engage in illegal, dangerous and unconstitutional police misconduct, then the officer's premium should skyrocket and the officer should be priced out of policing. So, professor, that makes a lot of sense, what can you -- what can everyday citizens do to help make that recommendation a reality? Well, in this moment, it's important that your viewers do one thing -- they need to call their state legislators and say, please pass a rule saying that in order to police in our state all of our police officers are required to carry professional liability insurance. All right, professor Deborah Ramirez with a big solution there, thank you so much for joining us today. We really appreciate you taking the time. My pleasure.

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