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Keep bad cops out of town

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08.08.2021
Very few of the police reforms proposed following the killing of George Floyd are novel approaches to public safety. To the contrary, most are long-standing, common-sense ideas that continue to languish because police unions and other lobbying groups keep saying "no," despite attempts to accommodate their concerns.

As a result, it's still the case that law enforcement officers in California who are fired for violating policies against excessive uses of force or who lie on official reports or commit other serious misconduct can simply move down the freeway to another police or sheriff's department, get hired, and pick up where they left off.

Surgeons and other physicians can't do that, and thank goodness. Nor can attorneys. They are licensed by the state, and if they commit serious malpractice, they could lose their state certification. They'd have a tough time practicing in any other state after that because licensing authorities tend to check applicants' records in other jurisdictions.

In fact, there are hundreds of professions that require licenses or certifications, with agencies that have........

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