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US protests | Impact on Trump

Posted by: The Conversation Global

Date: Tuesday, 02 June 2020


Protesters in the US are raging against a system they say fails to hold violent and abusive police accountable for their actions, especially when that behavior victimises African Americans. Criminology scholar Jill McCorkel says that anger reflects a violent reality: Decades of research on police shootings reveal that officers with a history of shooting civilians are much more likely to do so in the future compared to other officers. A similar pattern holds for misconduct complaints. And the officers involved in both the deaths of African Americans George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville share a history of complaints by citizens of brutality or misconduct.

The Trump administration has all the markings of a presidency in crisis. The coronavirus has claimed 100,000 lives—and counting. Over 40 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits during the crisis. And now, the death of a black man being pinned down by a white police officer in Minneapolis has sparked violent unrest that is rapidly spreading across the country. US President Donald Trump’s critics have assailed his response to both crises at a time when national leaders are traditionally looked upon for unity and solace. And yet, Tim Lynch writes, Trump doesn’t appear any more vulnerable in the 2020 US presidential election than he did before the start of the pandemic.

Naomi Schalit

Senior Editor, Politics + Society

Police work to keep demonstrators back during a protest in Lafayette Square Park on May 30, 2020 in Washington, D.C. Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Police officers accused of brutal violence often have a history of complaints by citizens

Jill McCorkel, Villanova University

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Sipa USA Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS/Sip

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Timothy J. Lynch, University of Melbourne

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