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IntroductionPolice killings in America have sparked a national movement for police reform, especially since the death of Mike Brown last year in Ferguson, Missouri. So far the United States police killed 776 people, 161 of whom were completely unarmed at the time of their death. Although the majority of the people shot by police were white, according recent statistics the police are shooting black men at a disproportionally higher rate than any other race. (Mint Press, 2015). This has caused great conflict between police accountability groups and the police agencies. Police accountability groups such as The National Police Accountability Project are working to hold police accountable for their misconduct and abuse of power. Police brutality continues to bean issue and police agencies are not doing enough to reduce it. Police accountability groups argue that the prosecution, the court, and jury are bias towards the police and no officer is held accountable. Paid leave is not sufficient. Police continue to shoot unarm citizens and the progresshas been slow. These incidents are causing conflicts between the police and community. The lives of police are being threatened and some police officers have been murdered. Stereotyping racism, and poor training influence the behavior of police officers. Diagnosing the conflict and using mediation to find a solution can greatly improve the relationship between the police and the communities affected. (NPAP, 2015).SummaryOn November 22, 2014, 12 year old Tamir Rice was fatally shot by a rookie patrol officer in Cleveland Ohio. The officers were called to a Cleveland part on suspicion that a man or young boy had a gun that could possibly be a toy. As soon as the patrol car pulled up to the boy officer Tim Loehmann approach and shot Tamir Rice without verifying if the gun was a toy or not. The
officers did not perform first aid and just stood there which is unethical and against the departments principles. Since Tamir was shot on Nov. 22, his name has been chanted at protests across the country that called attention to the deaths of black people at the hands of the police. It is highly unlikely for police officers to be indicted on any of the charges. Kimberly A. Crawford,the retired F.B.I. agent wrote in her report that deadly force was necessary because the officer had no idea that the gun was a toy. She stated that confronting the exact same scenario under identical conditions could have concluded that deadly force was necessary. Officer Tim Loehmann has not been indicted but, it is speculated that all the charges will be dropped and he will not do any jail time. The investigation of the incident so far has concluded that the shooting was justified because the possibility of the gun being a toy and the suspect juvenile were not relayed to them. (Smith,2015). The lack of training and police accountably are causing a lot of tension and conflict between police agencies and the community, especially minority

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