In many states, officers can have a criminal record and still be hired. During the hiring process convictions after 5 years don't count against them. Moreover, no college level degree is needed to become an officer. That means any one can become and officer of the law, with no real judge of moral character.
During such times of civil upheaval, we must remember our power is in our pens. Democracy lives and dies by our ability to get involved in the communal decisions. If we have no control over our citizens, then we end up with what we have now: systematic racism and oppression. To create a better society and more just system, the evaluation of police officers must be reconstructed.
Right now, police officers are broken up into different categories. we are trying to make real change between the city and state officers. City police officers should have a minimum education of an associates degree and have taken ethics classes, a cultural class, sociology, and physiology class. Upon taking the entrance exams more rigid classes on handling conflict and situational awareness should be taught. Furthermore, city officers should have 6 month recurring background checks and mental health sessions to check on the mental affects of being an officer.
State patrol and officers should have a minimum two year degree with the same criteria as city officers. To become a state background checks must investigate all areas of bias and social opinions. Any harmful or negative acts of profiling of race, gender, sexuality, religion etc. Will automatically exclude them from qualifying. Social interaction and negotiation classes should be taken at this level to insure more state wide issues are handled appropriately.
Overall frequent background checks and mental health check ups are to be in the law. Every officer must have minimum two years of collegiate experience and taken classes in sociology, physiology, and cultural classes. Courses in handling conflict and social interaction are to be more intensive and officers should be able to convey how to handle conflict without force.
By signing you can help reach the federal level to make a change. Think, this country is to be progressive and open to change made by it's citizens, yet here we are rioting just to be heard for 4 police officers to be brought to justice.