Letter from the Chair
Hello Interpol Committee,
I am your chair for our discussion on corruption in and demilitarization of the police.
My name is Zach Engelhart. I am a sophomore at Texas A&M University, studying Accounting. I am an active member of both Model UN and Model Arab League, attending conferences for 5 years now. I love Model UN; I love buying into a fictional world, and stressing over passing a document on someone’s Google Drive. I am also interested in sports, math, and politics.
I’m excited to hear a spirited discussion on police corruption and demilitarization. I want you all to be open and understanding of each other, considering the currency of this issue. Collaborate with your fellow delegates, stay in character, and think globally.
I can’t wait to see you at the University of Houston. Good Luck!
About the Committee
A long-standing global concern, the discussion over corruption in and militarization of the police seemed to come to a head in the summer of 2020. On May 25, 2020, in Minneapolis, A police officer, attempting to apprehend a black male using counterfeit bills, suffocated and killed said man after kneeling on his neck for 8 minutes. What followed was months of global protests, police conflict, and heavy criticism of not just the officer, but the institution of law enforcement as a whole. Police armed with deadly weapons and riot gear patrolled the streets, leading to more lethal encounters with citizens. An acquittal of another police officer, one who shot and killed an innocent woman, continued the unrest, adding the element of police union corruption to the dialogue.
In recent years, police weaponry has become more deadly, forces more violent, departments more exploitative. Not just in the United States, but everywhere, especially in less developed countries, and especially against discriminated minorities. One can’t simply talk about police abuse without talking about race, gender, class, or sexual orientation.
Critics of the recent movements against police militarization will claim that lethal force is a necessary evil. They look at the advancement of firearms, and hotbeds of crime in urban areas to argue that police must have heavy artillery to protect effectively.
Whatever side, people want police to protect and serve, not just the innocent, but the people they arrest. They want officers to keep them safe. Our committee will convene to address these desires.
- Police Militarization
- Corruption in police forces