John Oliver finally received some due credit for his amazing show when ‘Last week tonight’ won an Emmy this year. He continued building on his great work by taking on Trump yet again for his horrid performance during the Presidential debate, while the main segment this week was reserved for the sensitive issue that is police accountability and reform.

Trump’s past comes back to haunt him again

The recently concluded Presidential debate gave America a chance to take a better look at its candidates as they watched the two nominees square off against one another for the first time.

While most experts believe that Hillary emerged as the clear winner, Trump would have you believe that he was firmly on top of the situation.

He constantly kept referring to the results of internet polls, even though they are considered to be widely unreliable. He made many wild statements during the debate that Oliver picked on scrumptiously, one of which was his claim that he has the best temperament in the world.

Oliver also focused on one particular issue that emerged during the debate involving Trump’s comments about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado.

Trump made a statement several years ago regarding Alicia’s weight gain after winning the title, trying to convince the public that title holders should retain their physical appearance. Oliver used this incident to shed some light on Trump’s overall character as a human being, and used previous interview clips involving Trump and Machado to further disgrace the presidential candidate.

Police accountability and reform

On this week’s main segment, Oliver tried to tackle the widely controversial and highly sensitive issue involving police accountability and reform. He began by admitting that police officers have an incredibly tough job on their hands, and that no one takes their role in society lightly. Having said that, he pointed out that there is shockingly little statistics available with regard to police officers and their actions, and it is therefore difficult to understand the problem entirely because of that.

Despite there being over 18,000 police departments in the U.S, there are no proper records detailing important facts such as the number of people shot by the police each year. Using the scanty research made available by one researcher named Philip Stinson, Oliver pointed out that out of the 1000’s of police shooting that have occurred thus far, only 77 officers have been charged with murder or manslaughter, and only 26 have been convicted to date. This is because investigations are conducted internally by colleagues of officers involved in the shooting, and this is bound to increase the chance of bias towards the officers.

Internal investigations have proved to be quite unreliable till this point, as one Cleveland officer admitted to portraying a colleague in the best light possible while investigating a charge of use of deadly force. The records of previous misconduct are also being cleaned out in certain states like Arizona because certain officers believe that they shouldn’t have to relive their past mistakes. Another way for policemen to get out of the line of fire involves resigning and relocating to other states in order to avoid being fired. The prosecutors responsible for charging cops also find themselves in a difficult position as they have to work with the same cops on a daily basis.

Oliver pointed out that a good way to solve this issue involves the use of body cameras in order to increase transparency and trust, a solution that has worked well in places like Baltimore. He also said that despite police unions fighting reforms, it is a good idea to use outside prosecutors during investigations to keep things neutral.

He ended the segment by showing us a touching clip of young African-American children being taught to talk to police officers in order to avoid being shot, a truly deplorable situation to be in. You can watch the entire segment below.

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