Excessive force among police is too high because the stakes have been too low. Tolerating excessive force is a slap in the face to good police.
To have lasting peace, the nation must choose only ONE first priority:
1. Defend good police, 2. Avenge victims of excessive force, or 3. Crack down on excessive force.
If no. 3 is not our first priority, then the nation will be divided between nos. 1 and 2, which means lawlessness and danger everywhere.
Excessive force isn’t just a police problem. It comes from a national-cultural commitment to escalate every conflict as fast as possible. Americans—deescalate? We need revival.