Rethinking the Use of Force in American Policing

In late July, as the scorching Miami heat pounded the pavement, three gunshots rang into the air. The rounds, fired from the weapon of a police officer, didn’t strike a criminal; nor were they fired during a high-speed chase or a violent altercation. They struck Charles Kinsey, a behavioral therapist, while he was lying down on the ground with his hands up – with an autistic patient, only 23 years old, sitting next to him. The use of deadly force in American policing is one that has become deeply ingrained…