CJ Ciaramella, criminal justice reporter at Reason Magazine, discussed his latest reporting on national and local crime on today’s Federalist Radio, including the politics and policing in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.
“What [protesters] say they’re asking for is police accountability, for there to be more mechanisms for police to be held accountable,” he said. “Part of the problem with making this a national debate about police reform is that every police agency is a local agency and all criminal justice really starts at the local level.”
The tension between local-level conflicts and national-level solutions has been a major part of the rise in anti-police attitudes. “That’s where the rubber meets the road– at the very local level. Starting with the district attorneys. Staring with the police chiefs,” Ciaramella said. “You’re starting to see a big uptick in challenges in competitive campaigns for DA’s and state attorneys.”