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What Robert Peel can teach us about Black Lives Matter

There is no historical figure whose arguments are better suited to our times

By Will Tanner  

Portrait by Henry William Pickersgill

You may not have thought it, but there are few politicians whose accomplishments are better suited to Black Lives Matter than Robert Peel.

The principles of policing by consent that Peel set out in 1829 are a hymn to our troubled times. His fourth principle of policing actually reads: “the degree of co-operation of the public that can be secured diminishes proportionately to the necessity of the use of physical force.” It is a shameful tragedy that Derek Chauvin of the Minnesota Police Department did not…

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