The mantra of police forces throughout the United States is to "Protect and Serve," but as we've seen, seemingly week after week, instances of shootings and abuse litter the nightly news all the time. Of course the popularity and use of smart phones helps document and shed a light on these issues, but how are local authorities dealing with the issue of excessive police force?
The Dallas Police Department recently announced that excessive force complaints have fallen substantially over the last five years. In 2009, there were 147 cases, but this year, a mere 13. Of course, 13 is still 13 too many, but it is good sign. In addition to a decrease in police brutality, crime statistics show that overall crime has gotten lower each of the previous 12 years.