Quote a sentence from Ta-Nehisi Coates's essay "The Paranoid Style of American Policing" that is an example of one of the author's ideas.

The sentence "The notion that it is permissible, wise, moral, or advisable to kill such a person as a method of de-escalation, to kill because one was afraid, did not really exist among parents in my community" is an example of Coates's idea that community members do a better job of policing the community than actual law enforcement.

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In his 2015 essay "The Paranoid Style of American Policing," Ta-Nehisi Coates draws comparisons between how people in his community de-escalate potentially violent situations with the way that police do when they are in the same community. Central to Coates's essay is the idea that responding with lethal force is...

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In his 2015 essay "The Paranoid Style of American Policing," Ta-Nehisi Coates draws comparisons between how people in his community de-escalate potentially violent situations with the way that police do when they are in the same community. Central to Coates's essay is the idea that responding with lethal force is never something that members of his community would consider. This is illustrated by the following quotation:

The notion that it is permissible, wise, moral, or advisable to kill such a person as a method of de-escalation, to kill because one was afraid, did not really exist among parents in my community.

By contrast, the police often have a different approach. Throughout the essay, Coates presents evidence and arguments that show that the police are often incapable of nonviolent de-escalation. They often feel that if they do not kill first, their own lives are put in danger. As a result, the police often make matters worse when they arrive in the community, and the results can be deadly.

The idea presented in the quoted sentence makes it clear that Coates believes that members of the community are better much equipped to keep the peace than the police are. They do not suffer from the systematic paranoia that the police appear to have. Because the police too often respond with unnecessary deadly force and fail to receive repercussions for doing so, democracy is essentially denied to these communities and faith in law enforcement disappears.

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