Here’s an idea that won’t infringe upon states’ rights: implement random real-world testing of law enforcement’s readiness and training.
It won’t be telling police how police how to do their job, or legislation, and will use resources already available.
Akin to how Federal Air Marshals ride on flights in case stuff pops off, federal employees specially trained in deescalation, self-defense/disarmament and constitutional law get themselves in situations to assess the degree to which officers in local municipalities are well-trained, or violating people’s rights. This could also be a great way to utilize government contractors that doesn’t include the unaccountable capacity for the waste and fraud we’ve seen overseas.
For further legitimacy, and to offer jurisdictions the opportunity to show goodwill, this could be something voluntary, attached to a financial incentive to be used at the jurisdiction’s discretion.
My guess is that even though this would be cheaper than large-scale civil disobedience (or civil war), this is something the federal government won’t undertake because:
- Knowing the statistics on police use of force and the strength of the blue wall, they’d deem it too risky to their personnel and
- It’s not a battle liberals are willing to engage in with conservatives who invoke states’ rights
Despite it being more sustainable and potentially quicker to implement at the local level, localities are unlikely to want to uncover dirty laundry they’ve either let slide or been ignorant to. Additionally, what local government wants to take a gamble with their budget on something so unprecedented.
Or are there some directly applicable precedents for this I’m missing?