I know it's controversial, but he overall population would likely be better off with many fewer but higher quality police officers. When we invest power in certain people, it is appropriate for the standards to be higher.
This would be my basic proposal off the top of my head (first draft, might adjust as needed):
- All fatalities go through a citizen review board at the State level, made up of 50% executive appointed experts and 50% elected citizen advisors. If in the standard process, criminal charges against the officer are not filed, this review board determines if it should be kicked back to the department for internal discipline or go to trial by jury.
- Within the police force firearms should be restricted to a smaller percentage of more experienced and respected officers with better training. Vast majority of policing does not need firearms.
- No chasing suspects solo
- No firing on suspects running away unless it is confirmed they have already fired shots themselves (and thus are immediate danger to public).
- No arresting or subduing suspects solo unless a civilian's (not the cop's) life is imminently in danger or if the cop's life is in danger AND there is no reasonable avenue for the cop to retreat.
- No asking a person to leave their vehicle when the officer is solo. If that important, wait for backup.
- Annual review of all cops records, and automatic termination of employment if involved in any white supremacist organizations. Major problem; even beyond individually racist individuals it promotes us vs them fraternity and code of silence and acceptance for bad cops.
- If cameras are not on, Cop's statements about resisting arrest, arrest process, etc, are inadmissable in court.
- Get rid of all those "qualified immunity" standards. Cops are civilian citizens entrusted with a specific role. Have some standards and consequences.
- Cat's out of the bag, but I would love to see decommissioning of all the military surplus stuff that has trickled into police offices. Unnecessary, and ends up heightening situations and cop behavior.