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Police reform and homeland security: Some policy recommendations to close the racial justice gap

February 18, 2021


Last summer, in response to the killing of George Floyd and other victims of police brutality and amid a public health crisis and economic collapse, Americans saw an overdue reckoning with racial injustice. Around the country, large swaths of peaceful multigenerational, multiracial demonstrators marched to demand social justice and racial equity.

In 2013, the Black Lives Matter social movement was founded to avenge the killing of Trayvon Martin, a Black teenager shot by George Zimmerman, who claimed he mistook a bag of Skittles that Martin was holding for a weapon. The movement sought to bring to light the deaths of Martin and so many other innocent victims whose lives were unjustly taken, despite no subsequent legal accountability.

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