There are incidents that occur from time to time that question the public’s confidence in our justice system.
Lately it seems as though these incidents that harbor mistrust are growing.
Advice from Connie Rice, a civil rights attorney in Los Angeles, could help. For over 20 years she has worked with the LAPD to figure out ways the police can better work in minority communities.
Some of her advice is as follows:
1. Cops are scared to death too. Their actions may not be based on racism but it could be because they’re fearful.
2. The lawsuits are limited in their reach, she’s not saying don’t sue, but it isn’t as powerful as meaningful dialogue.
3. Police starting sports leagues and buying computers for kids help to build trust and understanding with the community.
4. Step into the combat boots of good and bad cops, as well as the tennis shoes of a young black male. It’s important to view the situation from multiple sides to understand each other.
5. Solve it with compassion and common sense. Blaming each other won’t help. We must have compassion for each other.
What do you think about the police? What do you think could help?