The results were clear—at least where the issue was local. My study of America’s 170 largest cities between 2000 and 2019 found that street protests were followed by declines in officer-involved fatalities of Black and Latino individuals (though not for whites). In fact, the empirical analysis indicates that just one protest in a given city would reduce black fatalities by 11 percent and Latino fatalities by 7 percent in the following year.
The study also looked at the impact of civilian review boards. Starting in the 1960s, activists pressed for these citizen-run watchdogs, on the theory that their monitoring presence would enforce reforms and accountability. […]
Yet establishing them did not reduce fatalities, my study found.
Susan's study contradicts the conventional wisdom surrounding protests and police accountability championed by Liberals and Conservatives alike.
Which begs the questions: Why do they have the same blind spot around policing and the murder of minorites? What do they share that so thoroughly nourishes it? What does it's persistence say about their collective values?