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Center for Policing Equity Co-Founder Issues Statement in Response to  President Trump’s Policing Remarks  

July 28, 2017
Safiya Jafari Simmons

Center for Policing Equity Co-Founder Issues Statement in Response to 
President Trump’s Policing Remarks  
NEW YORK, NY — Today, Dr. Phillip Atiba Goff, president and co-founder of the Center for Policing Equity, released the following statement in response to President Trump’s remarks delivered today in New York:
“Today’s statement by President Trump encourages communities to be less trusting of police by supporting police injustice. By suggesting that police punish ‘bad guys’ before they have even been tried in court, the President’s address implied a disrespect for the rule of law. The police chiefs and officers I’ve spoken to are disgusted, by the President’s statements — and the applause.

“Unchecked police force is not tough. It is not ‘manly’ and it does not reduce crime.  What it does accomplish is to make crime victims less likely to call 911 for help because they fear how police will treat them. And when someone fears calling the police, it is not just a threat to their own safety, it is a threat to the safety of those they might otherwise have tried to help. If I am attacked on the street, I surely hope those who see it will feel safe calling the police to protect me. Today’s statements by the President are dangerous because they make that less likely.
“Punitive force by any member of law enforcement is potentially a precursor to violence against the next officer encountering that individual.  Excessive force dehumanizes all involved, both police and public.
‘The bottom line is this: We are all less safe when any of us does not trust the police. Police know this. We work hard with dedicated women and men in blue who commit their lives to earning the trust of neighborhoods long skeptical of police power. And with so many communities and law enforcement agencies trying so hard to improve trust and stem the tide of negative officer-involved incidents, the last thing anyone needs is their efforts being undermined by the nation’s Commander-in-Chief.”

Center for Policing Equity Releases Statement on the Resignation of Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau  

July 21, 2017
Safiya Jafari Simmons


Center for Policing Equity Releases Statement on the Resignation of Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau  
NEW YORK, NY — Today, the Center for Policing Equity released the following statement on the resignation of Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau:
“Having partnered with the Minneapolis Police Department for several years, we are hopeful that Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges’ request for the resignation of Police Chief Janee Harteau is accompanied by a deepening commitment to the reforms already begun in the department.
“This course correction should include an acceleration of some of the changes that were already in place: improvement in data collection; training on implicit bias; and analytics that target solutions for racial disparities in policing.
“Unexpected changes are inevitable in the pursuit of reform.  Minneapolis is one of the cities in the National Initiative to Build Community Trust and Justice, and as a result, one of the cities in our National Justice Database.  It was the face of police reform in Minnesota, and announcements like this often have the unintended consequence of slowing progress.
“We hope this development does not become a setback for the values of equality, justice, and science-based reform that Minneapolis has moved to embrace.”

The presidency minus personal responsibility

A study released last month from the Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality found that black girls as young as age 5 are viewed as more knowledgeable about sex than their White peers, less innocent, and less in need of protection. Black boys have until the age of 10 before they lose the assumption of childhood innocence. A 2014 study led by Prof. Phillip Atiba Goff, now of John Jay College, found that black boys are perceived to be roughly 4.5 years older than they actually are. That means that by 13, they’re assigned the same culpability as a legal adult. Read More

There’s a predictable pattern to a fatal police shooting. But not in the case of Justine Ruszczyk

Why the reaction is different this time –
David Love, a Philadelphia journalist who’s written about race issues for CNN and others, has a theory why.
We haven’t reckoned with our history so it shouldn’t surprise us to see a different reaction – Phillip Atiba Goff  Read more

Google Gives $1 Million for Justice and Shines Light on Dark History of Lynching

The search engine titan has a history of donating to causes that promote social justice. In February, Google provided provide $11.5 million in new funding to 10 racial justice organizations including the Center for Policing Equity, Impact Justice, and Center for Employment Opportunities—one of several groups funded that work on supplying the previously incarcerated with marketable job skills… Read more here.

Identity Traps: How to think about Race & Policing

Since the summer of 2014, Americans have seen more videos of violent interactions between police and non-Whites than ever before. While the interpretation of some specific incidents remains contentious and data on police use of force are scant, there is evidence that racial disparities in policing exist even when considering racial disparities in crime. The traditional civil rights model of institutional reform assumes that racial bigotry is the primary cause of these disparities; it attempts to address problems through adversarial litigation, protest, and education. Read more

Speakers bring message of racial inclusion to Summit in Muskegon

[CPE Cofounder and President Dr. Phillip Atiba] Goff said he works with institutions of power to help translate the institutions’ values into behaviors to create mechanisms of metrics of accountability for the institutions to police the communities that are most vulnerable.

“By doing this, we are able to engage the communities that have traditionally thought of law enforcement as their adversaries,” Goff said. “We build processes that communities can trust when they can’t trust each other.”  Read more here.