You and I have heard much about the fact that most black parents have “the talk” with their children. “The talk” being what to do and how to act when confronted or stopped by police. (Here is what I mean.)
The purpose? To keep their children safe and out of harms way.
I think there is another “talk” that needs to happen; an ongoing conversation between police and citizens of color with regard to expectations, trust and respect.
I recently ran across this excellent training video from the California POST program. It bears our discussion — and action!
I served over 20 years as the chief of police in Madison (WI), four years as chief of the Burnsville (MN) Police Department, and before that as a police officer in Edina (MN) and the City of Minneapolis. I hold graduate degrees from the University of Minnesota and Edgewood College in Madison. I have written many articles over my years as a police leader. After retiring from the police department, I answered a call to ministry, attended seminary, and was ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church. After 25 years leading two Episcopal Churches in Portage and North Lake, Wisconsin, I now serve as Associate Pastor in a growing, dynamic, and Spirit-filled Lutheran congregation in nearby Mazomanie.
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