The conflict between police and civilian has played a huge part in the formation of American culture. The recent clashes of force driven by what some claim to be racist motives on the part of police officers have caused many to cry their demands for police reform all the louder. The Bay Area especially has been a hot bed of opinions and political activism regarding this issue. Protesters are desperate for change and the question at the for front of everyone’s mind is, how can our police system be reformed or whether it really needs reform?
Some believe the best way to achieve a stable relationship between officer and civilian is to take the responsibility of monitoring officers into their own hands. Some believe protesting and rioting are the best ways to achieve police reform through demonstration of their feelings of appallment towards institutionalized racist. Others believe bringing the issues to the “whitest” areas of society will have the most effect. One thing these perspectives all have in common is that they are fighting against the idea that police are not racist or unprofessional, a belief many Americans, especially outside the Bay Area, hold.