By co-editor and writer Jordan “The Slavic Libertarian” Marinovich

The aftermath of high profile police brutality cases has opened a sharp divide in the American population. On one hand, individuals believe race is the core issue with police brutality. Others believe that police policy, training and militarization are to blame. Americans may never come to an agreement on the cause, but according to a Washington Post poll, most Americans believe in the same solutions.

86 percent of Americans polled agreed with body cameras on patrol officers and 87 percent agreed with independent investigations of police related fatalities. While there are slight variations, this tone crosses opposed political lines such as progressive democrat to conservative republican.

Body cameras have already shown initial positive results. University of Cambridge’s Institute of Criminology published a scientific study that found “use-of-force by officers wearing cameras fell by 59% and reports against officers dropped by 87% against the previous year’s figures.” Researchers noted that visible body cameras add an element of “self-awareness in all participants during police interactions”.

Following a ten yearlong battle over a high profile and very controversial police killing, Wisconsin passed a first of its kind bill that would require an outside, independent investigation of all police related deaths. All of the data and evidence must be independently gathered and reviewed. Governor Scott Walker signed the bill into law in April.

The new law in Wisconsin was put to the test within days of its signing. On April 30…READ MORE