Birmingham 1 of 6 pilot sites in federal effort to restore police, community relations

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The militarization of our police departments has been going on for some years now under the Obama administration.  I have a file of several hundred attacks by police on homeless people, drivers, various homeowners killed by SWAT teams, elderly being tazed, and the murder of family pets for no reason both in homes and vehicles.  Today’s police brutality is exceeded only by the Nazi brownshirts of the late 1930’s.  Does anyone really believe this multi-million dollar effort is going to restore trust between citizens and law enforcement officials?  Most likely it is more federalization of the police and more control over the people.  I read the following article with a jaundiced eye.
By Carol Robinson | crobinson@al.comThe Birmingham News
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on March 12, 2015 at 1:02 PM, updated March 12, 2015 at 1:45 PM
Birmingham has been chosen as one of six cities nationwide to serve as a pilot site for a national initiative on restoring relationships between law enforcement and citizens.
Attorney General Eric Holder made the announcement today. The $4.7 million National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice was announced in April and is a partnership between federal officials and criminal justice experts focused on providing training, policy and research to address distrust between citizens and law enforcement.
The other pilot cities are: Ft. Worth, Gary, Indiana, Minneapolis, Pittsburgh and Stockton. The initiative comes after several high profile fatal police-involved shootings.
“We are truly honored that DOJ would select Birmingham as one of six national pilot sites,” said Birmingham police Chief A.C. Roper. “The mayor and I actually started discussing this initiative several months ago and knew there would be over 100 cities vying for the limited opportunities.”
“We’re all aware of the modern day issues and national discussion on policing in America. Although we’ve worked extremely hard building bridges in our communities we saw this initiative as an opportunity to strengthen relationships, increase public cooperation, and improve the perception of police legitimacy across our city,” Roper said. “We truly recognize that the Birmingham Police Department cannot be successful without community support and community trust. This three year project will allow us to serve as a national police model and increase our capacity to serve our citizens.”
The Department of Justice started the initiative as part of the My Brother’s Keeper program, which seeks to create opportunities for all young people throughout the country – regardless of background – to improve their lives and reach their full potential.
“We are always committed to engaging with the community to ensure that we are serving them and hearing their concerns,” Birmingham U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance said in a prepared statement. “We want to do a good job of listening, so that we can work together to make the community safe. We appreciate the opportunity to be one of the six pilot sites in this initiative, and the recognition from Washington that we are trying to get it right down here.”

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0 responses to “Birmingham 1 of 6 pilot sites in federal effort to restore police, community relations

  1. Obama federalizes police force in 6 U.S. cities:
    H/t FOTM’s MomOfIV

  2. And people are more concerned about which celebrity wore what dress, etc. For the life of me, I no longer understand how disconnected our citizens have become from this foreboding reality.

  3. I have an acquaintance, a former Veteran, who just graduated from a police academy here in Texas (he’s 30 years my junior), and every time I see him, I ask him if he’s yet become a member of the “Oath Keepers”. I tell him of the concern I have that the department he’s now on will, as others have, eventually become militarized. He’s adamant that he would never ‘turn on the general population’ if/when he was ordered to do something which he thought immoral. Time will tell; we’ll see…

  4. I guess you’d have to ask him,”If you were told to fire upon your friends and family,would you be an American,or one of the president’s mercenaries?” That’s what really comes down to. The fact that he’s that resistant to becoming an” Oath Keeper” kinda tells me which line he’d go to.


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