Embarrassed by the recent outbreak of highly-publicized cases of police shooting suspects, Obama has stuck his big foot into local government with another “task force”.
“In light of the recent events in Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland, and around the country,” the White House website says, “the Administration announced new steps to strengthen the relationships between local police and the communities they are supposed to protect and serve. One of the primary actions was the creation of a task force to improve community policing.”
Obama’s website goes on to explain,
“[the]task force will examine how to strengthen public trust and foster strong relationships between local law enforcement and the communities that they protect, while also promoting effective crime reduction.”
Chairing the task force will be Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey, and co-chairing will be Laurie Robinson, professor of Criminology, Law, and Society at George Mason University. She was also former Assistant Attorney General for Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs.
In seperate interviews, Chief Ramsey said that he “wouldn’t be wasting his time” if the talk didn’t result in real-world action. Whereas Robinson said her key approach to saving society would be to teach police officers “people skills”.
“…”local police departments need to start ‘having dialogue with their communities. It’s about open communication and discussion of accountability—and ongoing discussion. It’s not a one-time thing. It’s about establishing relationships,'” she said.
Yes, when a thug is reaching for the officer’s gun, communication is the key. Relationships are a parent’s employed discipline, not the cop who lives 40 miles away and only works in the city. Though an open and pure heart has effect, it should not be a job requirement and is difficult to display to a hooligan hellbent on trouble.
Included in the roster for the rest of the committee are Cedric L. Alexander, Jose Lopez, Tracey Meares, Brittany Packnett, Susan Rahr, Constance Rice, Sean Smoot, Bryan Stevenson, and Roberto Villasenor. All members belong to universities, government agencies, or non-governmental organizations. Despite the bad rap that the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund gave Chief Ramsey for having a “record marked by excessive force, false, arrests and complete disregard for constitutional rights.”, I’d say hes the ONLY ONE qualified to be on this task force.