These questions in my opinion are a call for a frank conversation and collaboration to discuss these issues.
Although we do not have control over everyone’s action, we do have control over our own behaviour. A majority of us who work in public safety for the good of people in general do not engage in serpentine venom on race, class, religion, wealth, disparity and other divisive issues.
Simply put, several communities have been disturbed by an increased shooting of black men during law enforcement encounters.
These communities have to move forward to create cohesion despite different views to discuss easy access to weapons, radical ideology, mental health, culture, intolerance, poverty, as some argued that led to this tipping point.
More importantly, transforming policing into the 21st century in an ever-changing and more diverse world that is interconnected and to cut barbaric ideology that targets officers from frustration.
The reflective history woven in fear and suspicion of others’ differences has bred distrust that diminishes upward mobility for many.
Even when intentions are good, whether a doctor; a trash collector, an advocate or other public servants who share information for the safety of many changing communities, through holding an offender accountable, victims support, or other vocational development, after one exits the gated building, often some are seen as a sub-group of the problems.
Nevertheless, one has to continue serving for the greater good of the community, stay positive even to prevent more victims, and make sure that the overall community remains safe.
We have to listen more and talk less to learn something:
These concerns even stretch to the Caribbean and beyond, such countries as The Bahamas who openly warned visitors that they should be careful when visiting the US, citing racial tension. Quietly, this nation is not alone, but made it official. However, it is very rare for a visitor to be killed by an officer in the U.S.
As a visitor, one is less likely to be pulled over and if that occurs, one would more than likely receive direction and not handcuffs. Despite the African heritage, some view themselves different from the American experience. These visitors have an advance guide from friends and relatives of dos and don’ts while visiting.
Today several families still mourn unsolved crimes against police officers and civilians, and they are of the same African Voyage:
This is not to convince or change opinions about safety or where to visit, or analyze other political or law enforcement systems and concerns but an urge for more solidarity while addressing the internal damage in the vesicle.
The heartfelt compassion on all sides is healthy and what appears as abandoning today’s police, visitors’ safety to the US and other places relies on the presence of an officer on the road, at the mall, restaurant, and even a coffee shop.
The ongoing geopolitical turmoil occupying the headlines daily of new barbaric actions against humanity as if these terrorists are competing about who can inflect the most pain, leaders must cut isolation that only creates a future wish to destroy.
From my simple view, many lives are saved every day by the actions of officers, and community in general. Despite few bad apples, majority goes to work because all lives matter: And there are plenty other marches that could be done within communities throughout the US, the Caribbean, on other issues, such as corruption, drugs, violence against women, sexual exploitation, etc.
Today it is more complicated balancing perception, reality, and even a struggle to break old habits, culture, and belief that requires tremendous communication and collaboration skills with all stakeholders.
Even since August Vollemer’s leadership in 1909 as Berkeley’s first chief faced obstacles seeking college-educated applicants and the ongoing struggles selecting sometimes the right officers for the job.
Police leadership has to work like a chief executive officer of a Fortune 500 company with constant updates to the community as its shareholders.
It is much easier to stoke fear than call on each other to come together: What is missing, regardless of place, people’s culture, or economic status, all have to live together.
A few bad apples should not be the reason to target others as the sacrificial lamb.
Such as any other social issues, from alcoholism, domestic violence, stress or suicide, society has to step back, and see how one change can course.
The complex relation between the minority community and the difficult policing task has taken on a new front and, sadly, it seems like they must now go through some form of restorative justice such as an offender, or working with victims in some form of mediation.
Regardless of the arguments surrounding policing, politics, resources, strategy, race, culture, and other issues as the system transitioned, they are interrelated.