Race and the Police in the USA


There has been much made of the shootings in Ferguson and the incident in New York, amongst others, where police have been accused of being heavy-handed in their treatment of African-American suspects. This in itself is great evidence that race is still very much an issue in American politics, and the election of a black President seems to have done little to ensure a level playing field across America.

However, this article goes further and looks at the two major parties responses to this current news story…and suggest a quite shocking amount of consensus between the two parties on the solutions to the problem, in reforming law enforcement. There has been so much made of the Republicans taking the Senate and the polarisation of politics in Washington, this is a really useful example not only for the race section of the US course, but also for bipartisanship in Congress, perhaps in the face of growing tensions or overwhelming public opinion…