Despite growing public criticism over how much counties, cities and towns spend on policing, many are increasing officer pay.
Police organizations in the United States have become political players in the election. This is due to politicians’ responses to the Black Lives Matter and anti-police brutality movements.
George Floyd’s death has thrust police unions into the spotlight amid a growing recognition that they are not part of the U.S. labor movement but a narrow interest group pursuing their self-interests.
Across the United States, police are shielded from both public and departmental accountability by multiple layers of contractual and legislative protections.