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Two Former Cops Debate: Do We Need Police Reform or Is Police Brutality Overstated?

Is police brutality the major epidemic in the country that many protestors believe it to be? Joseph Ested, former law enforcement officer and author of “Police Brutality Matters,” told Bold TV that he thinks there are cultures in policing that need reform.

“When was the last time you saw a good cop stop a bad cop from being a bad cop?” Ested asked. “We have bad apples in policing. Let’s hold them accountable. I don’t have any problem being a crime fighter. I locked up a lot of bad guys, but I did it right. There’s training, there’s rules, there’s regulations. We have officers that don’t follow them. They get passes because they hide behind the blue wall and they’re protected.”

Ested told Bold TV, “We’re addressing a highly trained professional whose job it is to come out, protect and serve. Don’t get me wrong, there are more good cops than there are bad by far, but the bad apples in policing, just like black-on-black crime, they magnify the police department. I guarantee you, there’s not one good cop, right, that does not want accountability. Because if he doesn’t want accountability, then he’s that problem.”

Brandon Tatum, former police officer and director of urban engagement at Turning Point USA, argued that statistics don’t support the idea that police brutality is an epidemic. “A study that was done in 2015 illustrated that out of over 50 million police interactions, only 2000 sustainable complaints of police use of force were associated to the police department rightfully, and thats like a .00004 percent of all police interactions,” said Tatum. “So, I think that we all have a sense of urgency when it comes to any level of inappropriate behavior by police, but to illustrate it as some type of epidemic is disingenuous.”

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