Law enforcement violence a disturbing trend

Over the past 10 years, violence in America has continued on a downward trend, perpetuating a phenomenon that began several years earlier with the adoption of determinate sentencing practices and a movement toward incapacitation as an underlying theme across the criminal justice system. This trend has proven to be a welcome byproduct of the broad efforts at crime reduction that have emanated from nearly all aspects of the criminal justice system. Unfortunately, a recent spate of violence against law enforcement officers has emphasized the chasm that currently exists between the safety and welfare of the general public and that of those individuals tasked with providing such protections.

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