State cooperation essential for accurate and consistent data.
President Donald Trump recently signed an executive order to create a national database of police misconduct, offering financial incentives for police departments to adopt the recommended practices. However, state cooperation is vital for the executive order to work as intended, and some states currently do not track police misconduct.
This is not the first executive order created to instill police accountability. President Clinton signed a crime bill in 1994 requiring an annual federal summary of police misconduct, which has yet to happen. Although universities and news organizations have been attempting to create their own databases, the current inconsistencies in the ways states keep their records could potentially hamper the efficacy of President Trump’s executive order.
As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…
- For President Trump as he analyzes the dynamics involved in reporting U.S. police misconduct.
- That the houses of Congress would cooperate as they seek to address this infinitely complex issue.
- For the collective of state governors as they tackle the issues unique to their states.