This country has had problems of racism from its conception, and while much has been said and written regarding this problem, I would like to focus on just one aspect which only seems to be getting worse as time goes by. That problem has reached a climax with the callous killing of George Floyd.
In my opinion, one of the biggest underlying issues that has led to this tragic event as well as other similar events is a gross lack of ethics and discipline among our police agencies. I believe the main reason behind this is because these agencies investigate themselves with sub agencies which are their “internal affairs” departments, and what too often happens when a police officer is charged with wrongdoing is that his buddies are the ones investigating. This often leads to the case being swept under the rug, or if the case becomes too publicized, such as the George Floyd case, the officer is charged less severely than he should be.
My recommendation for changes would start with setting up independent agencies to investigate these complaints against the police. This change is many decades overdue, and if it is done properly, the costs should be minimal. I have a great hope that everyone who reads this letter will support it and take whatever steps they can to see that these positive changes are made. The future of our country may depend on it.
George Joseph DeMetz
Salt Lake City