By Gregory K. Taylor
You can not police a black community with white police officers only. This should be obvious on its face. In fact, if you're going to police a majority black community there should be a majority of black officers assigned this task.
There exists, with rare exception, a different perspective and understanding which a black officer brings to a given situation when it involves black people. Where a white officer might think offensively first, a black officer might think compassionately. Where a white officer might shoot first, a black officer will hold his fire. There is a threshold a black officer might allow a black person to cross, where a white officer won't.
I've seen the palpable fear and inexplicable reaction of a white officer when I've been pulled over for a traffic violation that I've never seen in a black officer pulling me over. Black people, other than the criminal element, have to be approached in a respectful-courteous manner when pulled over. To do otherwise, is setting the stage for a confrontation.
It would be interesting to see the statistics on police officer shootings involving black officers compared with white officers. I know the answer--AND it isn't the black cop shooting a lot of black people.
If white cops can't relate or don't want to relate or are too scared of the black people they are policing, then they should find a less threatening environment in which to ply their trade, because the day of riding in like an occupying army and riding out just as fast should be over.
|Capt. Ron Johnson of the state Highway Patrol|
When will these white administrators learn and hire as many black officers as they can get their hands on. We all know why they don't--don't we, and, frankly, I'm tired of it.