Ferguson, Mo. Police Practices Racially Biased

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  1. Zaac

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    Why on earth do people do this type stuff and leave a "paper trail"? It's the epitome of arrogance.
     
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    The town has a 70% black population, yet the PD is 95% white.

    Is it racial hiring practices ? Are blacks not applying ?
     
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    With all due respect. Why would they want to? They don't appear to be all that welcome.
     
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    Well, exactly. So what do you do ?

    You can't "sensitivity train" that kind of disparity away.
     
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    The numbers Bro. Curtis shared are just astounding. How does that happen?

    Concerning some solutions

    Saw an interview with the chief of police for Baltimore. One of the things he talked about was returning to this idea of community policing. Where the police officers actually lived in the communities where they policed. Less car patrol and more foot patrol. More positive community involvement (think little league, soap box derby type of thing) instead of only showing up when the somebody needs to be arrested.
     
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    I don't have all the answers but it sounds like a systemic failure in leadership. If the culture in that department was to the point where people are casually swapping racist e-mails like that then it is pretty obvious they may not be the best people servicing that particular community. Also may want to have a higher level audit or periodic review to sample the arrest records as well as the court records to see if things are being handled fairly.

    Ferguson is a bad example of a community with mutual (but legitimate) distrust of the police and the populace.
     
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    Holder was going to find something no matter what. They were going to dig under every nook and cranny in order to save face. This is a non issue.
     
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    A non issue to who? You? I have no doubt about that. Holder didn't have to look very long did he?
     
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    Yep, a non-issue for a white boy living in New Mexico, but not if you were an African American living in Ferguson.
     
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    When did racism become a nonissue?
     
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    I'm sure others will be along shortly to defend racism or deflect it back onto the populace...pull up a chair.
     
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    Justice Department finds racial bias in Ferguson police practices

    Just to be clear, who runs the Justice Department?

    Smells of politics...
     
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    Unfortunately lots of folks feel the same way. Yet the same folks who feel that way wonder why Blacks and others are marching and saying Black Lives Matter. It's sad that people can think the way you treat other people is a non-issue.
     
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    I'm not ready to call the whole thing racism. I am saying the numbers cannot work. If you reversed the races, had out of area black cops patrol white neighborhoods we would have the same problem.

    And Eric Holder's justice department is a complete joke, I get that. But you don't NEED a report when you see the numbers. The police force is not representative of the community. Just about every instance of police & civilian interaction will be black man, white cop.
     
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    The blacks hate the police. Why would they apply?
     
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    Going by demographics alone maybe not but the report showed a culture of casual racism inside the department with how they saw the community as a whole. The emails found were racist. Full stop. It's no wonder the Ferguson community is a mess. Nobody is served well with things as they are in that town. It sure isn't going to help the feelings of distrust.
     
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    To make positive changes -
    Worked for Jackie Robinson
     
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    Ok, that's great but there are hundreds upon hundreds of black police officers in this country so not exactly trailblazing new territory there. Black people shouldn't have to join the police force en masse to be treated fairly Salty. It's 2015 not the 60's. The problem is on the inside in this case. Again, a failure of leadership.
     
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    I agree 100%. It showed what will happen when people who don't care about the community are in charge.
     

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