This last installment of my story of policing in America is still based on my experience but is more forward-looking and is my attempt to bring about a conversation. This is the third and final installment in my series on policing in America, and, as some will notice, it’s taken additional time to get out of the gates. The delay stemmed from a desire to ensure the proposed solutions I’m presenting are novel, feasible, and useful.

At present, negative emotions surrounding this topic remain very high, with both “sides” becoming further entrenched in their beliefs and views, making it much…


In Part 1 of this series, I discussed my views on the issue of tribalism infecting American policing and how a small number of negatively motivated people can drag others down with them. In this part, I’m going to share some of the experiences that lead to my position as well as what lead to me walking away from law enforcement altogether. …


This is Part 1 in a three-part series discussing my experience as a police officer, what I view as the underlying issue plaguing police agencies, and some ideas on how to solve the problems of policing in America today. Part 1 dives into the underlying issue as I see it, Part 2 speaks to the experiences and events that have helped to shape my perspective, and Part 3 will explore some of the solutions to the identified issues.

Like most of the world, I’m trying to wrap my head around what this country is going through right now in the…


While it seems like it’s been a lifetime at this point, the reality is it was just a couple of weeks ago that most of the tech world was planning for events season, working towards their 2020 goals and projections, and generally operating in a business as usual fashion.

Fast forward a couple of weeks, and here we are, in the middle of a global pandemic where everyone’s locked inside their homes, the stock market’s cratered in a way not seen since the Great Depression, and the only thing keeping most people sane is documentary about a mullet-wielding, tiger-training, oddball…

Chris Messina

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