An ambitious initiative to improve police-community relations and begin the process of “reconciliation” between law enforcement and communities that have experienced a history of systemic bias by authorities has achieved some modest successes, according to an Urban Institute study released Thursday.
Anger over aggressive law enforcement strategies and a pervasive “no-snitching” culture create a wall of resistance to cooperating with police that can only be broken when authorities step up efforts “to make high-risk places demonstrably safer,” according to a study by two criminologists.
Internal training materials obtained by Vice and posted online show how the nation’s largest police department trains the people who produce its 119 social media feeds for more than 1 million followers.
Starbucks outlets in Tempe, Az will host the sit-down sessions in an effort to mend bruised feelings after six officers were told to “move out of the customer’s line of sight or to leave” in response to a customer complaint. The cops say it’s a good start.