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State Senator Wayne D. Fontana on Police Education after the Trial

In the wake of the verdict in the case of the police officer who shot and killed Antwon Rose II, I believe the most important question we are left with is “how do we prevent another young person from dying?”

I will be the first to admit that I do not have all the answers to that question, but what I do know is that we must perform a review of current laws and policies and remain open to having a meaningful conversation about what changes need to be made with regard to the use of deadly force by police, police education and training and the regionalization of smaller, municipal departments. I honestly believe that if any positive can be found in the aftermath of Antwon’s death, it’s that policy makers should push for updated policing procedures that keep our neighborhoods safe while tightening measures that must be met while pursuing suspects.

Finally, we find ourselves in another situation where access to guns and resulting gun violence ended in tragedy. Whether it’s deadly force by police or guns unlawfully in the hands of the community, we are caught in an ongoing cycle of violence in our communities. This cannot stand. Without addressing this epidemic, my fear is that we will continue mourning the loss of more of our young citizens in the future. That is unacceptable.

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