A Modest Proposal About Police Killings
Last summer, I wrote our Congressman Dan Kildee (5th District, Michigan, Democrat) to suggest an initiative to address police killings.
August 26, 2014
Congressman Dan Kildee
327 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Thank you for your work representing our region in Washington.
I would like you to propose something, which might be called "The Police Professionalism Act": a national law that requires, if a police officer kills someone in the line of duty, even if judged appropriate, it ends his or her police career, and he or she is dismissed from their department and unable to work in that field again.
This law would encourage non-lethal solutions (including shooting as necessary), yet all police would still be able to kill to protect their own lives.
Police killings are a national problem, in every part of the country, as cases in Ferguson, Missouri and New York City recently affirm. Yet as the 2012 Milton Hall shooting by seven Saginaw police officers so damaged the city's image nationally (often cited in Albuquerque, NM recently when they suffered comparable police shootings), it would be very appropriate for Saginaw's Congressman to propose this national remedy.
Thank you for considering my views. I am copying representatives in Lansing in hopes of a state initiative accomplishing this goal as well.
About ten weeks later, I received his reply.
After witnessing a 2000 demonstration against police violence in New York, Mike Mosher thinks about this issue again these days.