By TED Talks | YouTube | 13m
Published in August of 2013
SUMMARY: Police officer Renee Mitchell tells a story where she had to choose between appeasing her superior by arresting an individual or letting the individual go and putting her career in jeopardy and how that decision cemented the idea that the way we police in America has to change.
KEY QUOTE: “Police, for the most part, patrol in areas that are socioeconomically damaged. Which means that police will always impact at a disproportionate rate the poor and especially the poor minority. An arrest and conviction will stigmatize them for the rest of their lives because they will forever check a box that designates their status in society and it will diminish their capacity to get a job, to get housing, to get college student loans and even to vote. So, forever they will be paying for their crimes.”