The only Californian on President Obama’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing said we know exactly what to do to confront and correct the dire situation brought on by shootings in Baton Rouge, Minneapolis and Dallas. Acclaimed Los Angeles civil rights attorney Connie Rice said, “You have to completely reform police culture so that they are ready to bond with core communities, so that you can build trust.”
Lack of trust clearly divides many in police departments and communities of color. Given that Dallas police chief David Brown said after the shooting of his officers that police get little community support, I asked Rice if the community has a responsibility in changing the hostile environment.
“That’s the other side of the story,” Rice said. “I had to go the grandmothers because without the community also changing, this won’t work. It cannot be just the cops.”