Police have a long history of conflict with communities of color for a very, very long time. It’s not too much of a stretch to assume that this checkered past plays a role in today’s strained relationship between the two. Terrence Cunningham, president of the International Assn. of Chiefs of Police, took the opportunity to apologize.
It wasn’t really a secret that San Francisco’s police department suffered from the same racial issues that many stations across the country are plagued with. In fact, the are currently managing a scandal that involved multiple officers sending racist text messages.
To confirm that these racial undertones affect the department’s police work, the Department of Justice just released their findings after a six-month investigation, according to The Los Angeles Times.
Dejuan Yourse was sitting on his mother’s porch as he waited for her to come home and let him in. However, a neighbor’s call-in of a possible robbery resulted in Officer Travis Cole arriving on the scene to harass, arrest and punch Yourse.
After reviewing body camera footage that has been released to the public, city council members in Greensboro, North Carolina unanimously voted to permanently strip Cole of his title and privileges as a police officer, according to the Huffington Post.
It’s not hyperbole when people of color claim that one of their daily concerns is if they’ll encounter police and, more importantly, if they’ll walk away unscathed. This police paranoia doesn’t even disappear once people of color reach the peak of celebrity status, like Serena Williams, the greatest tennis player and, arguably, athlete, of this entire generation.
Williams published an introspective Facebook post on Tuesday about her latest near encounter with police and the feelings that she was left with. Read the post in full below.
“I called police to help him, not to kill him,” said Alfred Olango’s sister after San Diego police officers opened fire and shot the 30-year-old on Tuesday afternoon.
Police officers in Maryland are being criticized after the public gained access to video footage of them arresting and pepper-spraying a 15-year-old girl.
As residents of Chicago deal with sustained murder rates and gun violence, the police department is looking for ways to combat it. Their latest attempt to resolve the issue was by adding 1,000 new officers, detectives, lieutenants, and sergeants within the next two years.
After police shot and killed Keith Lamont Scott earlier this week, his family immediately said that he wasn’t armed and was actually holding a book at the time. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Chief Kerr Putney now says that there is video evidence that Scott was, in fact, armed but not that he was pointing his weapon.