WASHINGTON – As part of the Department of Justice’s ongoing commitment to strengthening the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve and protect, Attorney General Eric Holder announced Birmingham, AL; Ft. Worth, TX; Gary, IN; Minneapolis, MN; Pittsburgh, PA; and Stockton, CA to be the first six cities to host pilot sites for the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice. As part of a larger effort, each pilot site will assess the police-community relationship and develop a detailed site-specific plan that will enhance procedural justice, reduce bias and support reconciliation in communities where trust has been harmed.
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As concern over racial profiling grew, in September, outgoing attorney general Eric Holder announced the creation of the Justice Department’s National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, a consortium of organizations that will use a $4.75 million federal grant to push for both research and results. “The events in Ferguson reminded us that we cannot allow tensions, which are present in so many neighborhoods across America, to go unresolved,” Holder said. “As law enforcement leaders, each of us has an essential obligation — and a unique opportunity — to ensure fairness, eliminate bias, and build community engagement.” That’s something that Tracie Keesee recognized more than a decade ago. Read more
Attorney General Eric Holder has launched a historic initiative to focus on police bias and profiling. Phillip Atiba Goff, Director of the Center for Policing Equity, joins to discuss with Dorian Warren. To watch full clip, click here.