I want to make it clear that we are not hear to bash or hate on the police we are here to try to improve relations between the police and primarily African Americans, as a real problem does exist. The police should be commended for honoring, serving and protecting our communities and play a huge role in our society and I along with most people feel the same way. They have an extremely tough almost impossible job to do that includes many ruthless and evil people to deal with on a daily basis. The truth is however that no matter how hard it may be or how good a job police departments do ethnic profiling exists, police brutality and even police killing innocent citizens has happened. If that happens one time it is too many times and inexcusable and if a police officer is guilty of such a thing they should suffer the consequences. Most importantly we need to find a way to stop it and that can only happen if we come together in love and unity working with the police. Founder Edlove plans to send emails to Police Chiefs and Sheriff's through out the country in regards to these matters with hopes of working with them to improving relations and stopping police brutality.
Most Americans are taught to believe and generally do believe that the police are good and a very valuable part of our community that protect us from crime. Most police officers do and are risking their lives daily for our safety. But the truth is there is a war going on in our streets between the police and primarily men who fit a stereotype from African American neighborhoods for over 30 years that I know about and probably ever since slavery was abolished. Both sides are on high alert and very defensive and concerned for their safety and their life. Many African Americans don't trust the police and aren't very fond of them to say the least because of all the things I mentioned and understandably so. The police feel overworked, underpaid, unappreciated, fearful in many cases, many times because they are not properly trained and because it is just an extremely dangerous profession where every day your life is on the line and you want to live to see another day and your kids and family, understandably again.
In regards to being not properly trained there are many incidents that I saw on tape that proved to me officers were not properly trained. But in defense of the police ask any veteran of the military who was preparing for war or served in a war if they were truly trained or properly prepared for a conflict and many will honestly say no. This could lead to or has lead to death by the enemy and by friendly fire. This is not to put the military down I am proud to be a veteran, it is to say that even what is considered the best military in the world still needs more training so does the police probably even more. I have also talked to my share of officers and have been able to gather enough information to know there is not enough training. Another thing we have to be real about is that with absolute power comes absolute corruption and there needs to be a check and balance system that is non police department affiliated.
For the most part we always protect our own. If we are gonna be honest we would have to admit cover ups are a reality. Some would argue getting away with murder has been a reality.
I have had my dealings and talked to my share of police officers and heard my share of stories from my own kids and close friends. We have all seen our share of documentaries and movies and we all know that this power leads to corruption far too often. Despite all the good cops there are bad cops out there and that there are also just some out of control cops out there who just don't know how to control themselves and who actually hate the communities they are supposed to serve and think they are at war with them. So we have to acknowledge that there is division and even hatred between African American communities and the police. So how can this problem be solved. Of course people coming together in love and unity, including the police.
We have a clear cut realistic plan that we hope to implement with police officials that could eliminate or at the very least improve the problem. Unrelated Police officers should be paid accordingly 100k a year if an officer is in a high crime area in some cases more. We are talking about an elite highly trained officer who is on the beat in a high crime or at risk neighborhood or city making them a safe place to live. There are some contingencies every one of these elite officers would need a 4 yr degree in sociology, psychology or criminal justice and would need to be a jr officer first who is approved by a sr officer he has rode with for a minimum time frame. Also officers must be able to complete a vigorous training program comparable to elite level military training which truly prepares them for what they will face in the streets. This should be the future officer one who is highly educated, trained, paid and committed fully to improving the community they serve.
Committees made up of leaders and volunteers from the community to work with the police to better serve the community including more active involvement with at risk youth and working together when officers are under investigation for possible crimes against the community. Lastly and maybe most importantly there needs to be relationships created between the officers who serve the community and the community where trust is built. Including quarterly town halls about how progress is being made or not made. When people come together in love and unity and problems are addressed problems can be solved. It starts with dialogue we need people coming together in groups and meeting with police chiefs and local gov't promoting solutions.