Steve Kerr co-authors powerful piece on police accountability

Op-ed explores concrete ways to transform the policing system

Karl Buscheck
June 02, 2020 - 8:55 am
Kerr co-authors op-ed on police accountability

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Steve Kerr, head coach of the Golden State Warriors, was among a team of sports figures who co-authored a powerful op-ed in the USA Today on Tuesday titled, “Athletes on Floyd killing: Hold police accountable for black deaths and start right now.

Kerr shared the byline with Gregg Popovich, Anquan Boldin, Demario Davis and Andrew McCutchen. Popovich is the longtime coach of the Spurs, Boldin is a former NFL star and co-founder of the Players Coalition, Davis is a Saints linebacker and supporter of the Players Coalition and McCutchen is a Phillies outfielder and supporter of the Players coalition.

The thoughtful, and highly topical, piece details the current situation roiling the nation, calling out problems within police forces and explicitly spelling out how to actually affect change.

“We cannot wait to change hearts and minds — too many people will die while we try. We need to transform American policing now.”

“We need changes that will actually alter behavior, prevent officers from harming people with impunity, and allow officials to hold officers and departments accountable when they do.”

In the piece, the team of authors take aim at police union contracts, identified as a significant hurdle to enacting change. The issue of qualified immunity is also tackled in this important and informative read that you can find right here.

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