Following New York City's lead on community policing
Jul 13, 2016 | 8578 views | 0 0 comments | 320 320 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The horrendous violence that marred this country for the past week has just been a continuation of what's been an awful summer season for the United States. Sometimes it feels like it has to get a lot worse for it to get better.

It's not politicizing a tragedy if in the immediate wake of it, instead of dragging your feet, you follow a call to action. And that's what needs to happen: a collective waking up.

Big cities across the country need to follow New York City's example of community policing, or the distrust that's existed between communities of color and police will not only continue to exist, it will grow bigger.

Community policing is the only way because the old way of doing things simply wasn't working for everybody. If an entire community of people tells you that a system is oppressing and maligning them, there's usually more than a small semblance of truth to that claim.

New York City has taken a smart and aggressive approach to this and the officers will tell you it's working. In the communities that have implemented this initiative, there's a stronger sense of trust and camaraderie.

So say “thank you” to the officers that, in the face of great daily danger and difficult times, are still working to forge bongs and relationships with the community. They aren't letting the fear of a lone gunman's radicalization scare them away from stopping in every store and knocking on doors as they walk the beat.

But also remember that those who are protesting are doing so because they have no other option. For too long, the system has sought to make them subservient to those in power.

Hopefully through community policing, there will be a mutual respect between both police and the community. It won't be a relationship of one in power and the other obeying that power, but an equal, two-way street.
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