One question we had at Youth Radio was how the training of law enforcement officers factors into the tragic incidents we've seen over the past year. To help us gain insight, we turned to Sergeant Keith Gums, a retired 23-year veteran of the Alameda County Sheriff's Office. Gums has trained fellow officers in the tactics of modern policing.
That constant, bone-deep, existential fear of harm or death at the hands of law enforcement is shared by so many mothers and fathers in this country -- men and women of color who have never had a positive interaction with a person wearing a police officer's uniform.
Who is serving on these grand juries? Can it be just a bizarre coincidence that every grand jury decides that no police officer ever did anything wrong? Or is something more insidious going on here?
Can we as a society cut through the vail and begin to know and understand those different from ourselves, to have the ability to walk in the shoes of another, to break down these "us" versus "them" notions that separate?
As companies race to chase the federal money flowing into new police body-worn camera systems, predictive analytics should be a major consideration. Both police and communities should welcome smarter cameras that will ultimately lead to smarter policing.
Reports from the North Pole indicate that Santa Claus, his elves and his reindeer will begin to wear body cameras in the remaining days leading up to Christmas.
Yet if I am willing to accept my inheritance of all the good they did, all the success they had, then I need to recognize the flip-side of that coin. No one succeeds on his own. No one gains privilege without it costing someone else.
The tragedy of Ferguson has certainly generated a national conversation about race, about the over-militarization of local police departments, about the excessive use of force and about the prosecutor's abuse of the notoriously unfair Grand Jury system.
As the police adviser to the United Nations, I believe that every serious discussion about the relationship between the society and the policing model that a society chooses for itself needs to be informed by these guiding principles.
For an inside perspective, I turned to Rick Smith, the CEO and co-founder of Taser International - the leading provider of Tasers, cameras and evidence archival software for police departments.
When the seemingly inevitable failure to indict in the Garner case was made public yesterday, I sat at my desk at the firm where I work, paralyzed. I could no longer truly concentrate on the tasks before me. I needed to talk or plan or organize. I needed to take action. But I couldn't.
It's America and Mother Earth that cannot breathe, not only Eric Garner. Mother Earth is in a chokehold!
1) The grand estate began to smolder as the cleansing commenced. Raging fires, whose embers fade more tragically than some, seethe just beneath the...
by listen, I don't mean waiting impatiently for the other person to stop so I can have my say. I don't mean listening through the filter of every belief I've ever held. I mean listening that is deep, openhearted, and fully attentive, that strives to experience the other person as she is
There are many fine officers who are careful and restrained in their use of force, but as long as the system protects those who cross the line, even in a case where the killing was filmed and the death was ruled by the coroner to be a homicide, public anger and distrust toward law enforcement will only grow.
One of the marks of privilege and power is the ability to ignore the cries and pain of those who are oppressed. This is something that happens everyday.