As Cleveland and other cities across America see steadily increasing instances of police brutality, economists continue to search for a method to relieve the growing national debt. While these two problems are seemingly unrelated, economists recently discovered that police brutality might be the answer to the debt problem.
Inspired by their own cursing jar in their home, political pundits have developed their own solution, a police brutality jar: for every instance of police brutality, the offending officer will place $10 in their precinct’s jar. The plan was met with some protests from officers, who previously faced very little resistance to their methodic use of force.
In the past, the biggest hindrance to police brutality was the heavy focus of media on such violence. Officers had previously complained that media attention painted an incorrect picture of the need for force, and that citizens weren’t taught about why it was actually necessary in some instances. For example, when going up against a 12-year-old boy playing with a toy gun, apparently force should be the first option, not de-escalation.
Beyond this supposedly misleading media representation, there were often no consequences for police brutality. If cases went to trial, officers were rarely convicted—this $10 penalty seems to be causing more trouble for police than the trials themselves. And now that this money is going towards relieving the national debt, officers are also more willing to point out when their colleagues slip up—after all, this is for the greater good now.
Fortunately this does not seem to cause any undue tension between coworkers. Some officers say that their own version of a douchebag jar is actually helping to create an increased sense of camaraderie.
A hotly debated issue was the plan’s potential to deter police brutality too much and in doing so fail to meet its economic goal. Most proponents of the bill said that this was actually the point. Since punishment by law wasn’t discouraging police from mistreating suspects, a fine might do the trick. As it turns out, this was a moot point. Instead, putting $10 in the jar has become a symbol of helping one’s country in times of need.
At this point, the national debt is over $15 trillion, and the Jar Fund, as the Police Brutality for Debt Reduction Fund is affectionately called, has raised $12 million over the past month. Much of the money came from southern precincts, where the tension between white officers and minority citizens dates back to the Civil War.