It seems to me that the starting point needs to be to define what the police do and what the public need or want them to do.

Then to remove everything that could be done by a specialist organisation. Mental health is an obvious area. Those organisations must be given proper training and funding and that funding must come from the amount presently allocated to the police.

Then the pathways to being shot or injured need to be looked at. In one case a homeless African American schizophrenic was given a jay walking ticket. The officer who gave him that ticket either knew that he wouldn't be able to comply with it or is a complete imbecile. Five large armed (obviously) police officers turned up to arrest him for failing to comply with the ticket. One knelt down, pulled him out of the tent by his feet. He leapt up flailing around wearing only underpants. An officer jumped on his back and landed on top of him on the ground. The man was still flailing but his arms were clearly at the side. The police officer shot him in the head. The police investigated and decided it was justified. It was caught on film from beginning to end.

This is not the only case where a jay walking ticket has led to this. They are also often used for bullying teenagers. It is usually the crime of stepping into traffic but police invariably interpret it as stepping into the road even if there is no traffic around.

Trivial laws needs to be repealed so far as possible and where they can't be, passed to other agencies. All quotas or bonuses for issuing tickets should be made illegal.

Drug taking should be considered a health rather than a criminal issue. That would reduce a massive amount of police work (and remove an excuse for the police to search cars and many property searches, including Breonna Taylor's home).

So what is likely to be left after all the peripheral things have been removed and what should be done with those issues? I think that they would reduce the need for policing by around 70% (at a guess). So what about the remaining 30 odd %.

One area that the police are too often called for is when people are protesting a business. It became known during the Occupy protest that the police were sponsored by J.P. Morgan so were obviously on the side of the Banks.

Do police also get sponsorship or kickbacks from private prisons?

Laws do need to be enforced but if the need for that can be reduced to the bare minimum, that seems to be a good place to start looking at what force may be necessary how that should be done. At the moment there is patchwork reform with authorities picking a bit that they think the unions will accept or will make people shut up and go home but there are only a few areas that are really picking this up by the scruff of the neck.

It is a great opportunity for a total review and rethink but those who disagree are feeling attacked just by the idea of it.

I am neither black nor American so this is very much an outsider's view. At some stage people are going to have to sit down and thrash it out without the heat and it would be great to see that start happening. Wouldn't it be great if politicians could actually take the lead for once.