Summary Of The Myth Of Police Reform

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Every time I decide to watch the news, there always seems to be a story about an officer of the law shooting an innocent victim. This problem never truly resonated with me until reading an article about “The Myth of Police Reform.” Throughout this editorial there are countless examples of incidences where police intervention should be deemed unnecessary. There are some scenarios where extreme force may be needed, but a majority of them do not. Ta-Nehisi’s editorial supports this, even though it may have a few drawbacks related to the ethos, but he still manages to support his main claim with sufficient logos and pathos. This editorial has a very strong sense of pathos, which helps the author grab a diverse group of people’s attention because it is relatable. The main claim states the real problem is the belief that all of our social problems can be solved with force. Ta-Nehisi backs this up with a few examples; the most heart wrenching has to be one about a young boy who was killed while playing with an airsoft gun. Furthermore, a mentally handicapped man decided to strip off all his clothes and parade down the street, he was shot on sight. This supports the fact that men and women trained to kill should not be addressing social problems where there is no …show more content…

First of all, Ta-Nehisi failed to provide any information about himself and his credentials. Which made it hard to determine if his word has any credibility whatsoever. The editorial has been published by The Atlantic, but this could be an online blog for all we know. However, the main downfall was when the editorial mentions briefly about the history of police incidents with African Americans and how the police use power to oppress them. These statements would be beneficial if the intended audience was only African Americans, but since this editorial is intended for everyone it severely takes focus away from the main

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