Po­lice earned com­mu­nity dis­trust

Baltimore Sun - - FROM PAGE ONE - Janet L. Gold­stein, Bal­ti­more

Repub­li­can may­oral can­di­date Alan Walden says in his com­men­tary (“Bal­ti­more must not re­lin­quish its streets,” Oct. 3) that it is “im­per­a­tive that the pub­lic at large get past its per­cep­tion that po­lice are an ’oc­cu­py­ing army.’ They are the sworn guardians of the streets; their job is to pre­serve and pro­tect.”

No, Mr. Walden, it is not the pub­lic at large that views po­lice this way, it is com­mu­ni­ties that have been re­peat­edly ill-served and, at times, tar­geted by law en­force­ment. If af­flu­ent whites in “nice” neigh­bor­hoods were treated the way black peo­ple have been, they too would fear and mis­trust the po­lice.

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