Head Police Chief Apologizes To African-Americans For Racist Brutality
In the wake of #BlackLivesMatter, dozens of protests, and the growing social outrage, the President of the International Association of Chiefs of Police president, Terrence M. Cunningham, decided to take a step toward reconciliation with the black community.
During this year’s IACP Annual Conference and Exposition in San Diego, California the head chief
There have been times when law enforcement officers, because of the laws enacted by federal, state, and local governments, have been the face of oppression for far too many of our fellow citizens. In the past, the laws adopted by our society have required police officers to perform many unpalatable tasks, such as ensuring legalized discrimination or even denying the basic rights of citizenship to many of our fellow Americans.
While this is no longer the case, this dark side of our shared history has created a multigenerational—almost inherited—mistrust between many communities of color and their law enforcement agencies…
…For our part, the first step in this process is for law enforcement and the IACP to acknowledge and apologize for the actions of the past and the role that our profession has played in society’s historical mistreatment of communities of color.
At the same time, those who denounce the police must also acknowledge that today’s officers are not to blame for the injustices of the past. If either side in this debate fails to acknowledge these fundamental truths, we will be unlikely to move past them.
It’s like he walked all the way up to the line of a true, earnest apology, but had keep assuring his guys that he’s still one of them.
What do you think about Chief Cunningham’s statement?
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