Thursday, December 11, 2014

Common Ground in Policing, Community, and Civil Rights


With this policing issue, the common ground seems pretty broad, but difficult because it is such a highly charged issue. Everyone is highly defensive and becomes quickly offended and offensive.

Let's start with some fundamental American principles: 

Civil rights are critical to our freedom

Police are critical to our freedom.
Civil rights aren't about race.
Police protect our civil rights.
Civil rights are enshrined in the Constitution.

Civil rights are crucial to the survival of America.

Whenever there are incidents involving the intersection of police, civil rights and the lives of citizens are the most challenging of situations.

We need to create more transparency in these intersections:

In the collection of evidence

In the investigation

In the administration of justice.

We all have to be more accountable to each other. This is how we instill more trust where currently there is mistrust between police and community. We all have a role to play. 

Let us not forget . . . we are all Americans . . . we all have the right to the same pursuit of happiness.

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