Posted: November 26th, 2014 | By: Emily McCord
“We can’t be afraid to say that there are many communities that daily feel like they are under assault. They feel like the police officers are not there to protect them and that’s a problem,” says Simmons. ”We know that most police officers, 99 percent of police officers, are doing the right thing. They’re putting their lives on the lines and so when you have a few bad apples or you have a department that has some endemic problems we need to address that.”
Simmons says increased training, camera surveillance and more transparency within the justice system will help local communities improve relationships between police and the public. She adds that more diversity in police departments at all levels help as well, but she warns that it’s a solution that can oversimplify the problem.
“Because if you have a problem in your police department, if you have a culture of group loyalty, a culture of aggressive policing, than having a diverse police force is not going to cure that.”
Hear the audio interview and view the original article on WFDD’s website.
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