Black po­lice worry com­mu­nity re­la­tion­ships be­ing un­der­mined

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Jes­sica Chas­mar

AT­LANTA | The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s tough talk on crime and the treat­ment of sus­pects has left black po­lice of­fi­cers wor­ried that ef­forts

to re­pair the fraught re­la­tion­ship between po­lice and mi­nor­ity com­mu­ni­ties could be derailed.

At­tor­ney Gen­eral Jeff Ses­sions on Tues­day ad­dressed a ma­jor black law en­force­ment group, just days af­ter Pres­i­dent Trump said po­lice shouldn’t be “nice” to sus­pects by shield­ing their heads as they are low­ered, hand­cuffed, into po­lice cars.

The com­ment, now de­scribed by the White House as a joke, an­gered some cops who said it only served to dial back progress they’d made with the peo­ple they serve.

Black po­lice of­fi­cers talk of strad­dling two worlds: the com­mu­ni­ties where they live, and the po­lice de­part­ments where they work. They

take se­ri­ously their oath to up­hold the law and to go af­ter crim­i­nals, but they also worry about their own friends, rel­a­tives and neigh­bors who fear the po­lice.

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