Sunday, October 21, 2018

Improving relations with minorities

Following the death of Eric Garner, who was strangled in a head hold while being arrested, CBS' "Face the Nation" interviewed police and African American community representatives. Kaplan (2015) wrote: "African Americans feel they are treated differently ... there is aggressive targeting of black people." Recommendations were training to change the culture of policing and the use of body cameras and smart phone technology to assure accountability and protect police. Suggestions were made to end racial profiling and establish standards for the use of force. Camden, New Jersey, has adopted a policy of "building the community first and enforcing the law second." Police do this by establishing human contact, walking the beat, getting outside of squad cars and talking to residents about what matters most to them.

Kaplan, Rebecca. (2014, December 7). How do police improve relations with minority communities? CBS' Face the Nation. Retrieved from

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