Earlier this year my family and I had a chance to travel the world. I had just received a generous advance for my first book, all of our kids were being homeschooled, and the lease was up on our Southern California home. As a family we had crossed the Texas border into Mexico one time, but we had never actually used our passports before. We saw the opportunity to escape the American bubble for an extended trip as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the six of us. What we saw in London and Paris and throughout South Africa during our months abroad was postcard-worthy, but now that we’re back in the states, one thing has stuck with me: For good reason, people view our country like it’s the wild, wild west—and our police are front and center in this popular opinion.

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