FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 6, 2017
Lauren E. Williams
Center for Policing Equity Director of Law Enforcement Engagement Statement on President Trump’s Ending of DACA
NEW YORK, NY – Yesterday, Chief Chris Burbank, director of law enforcement engagement of the Center for Policing Equity and former chief of the Salt Lake City Police Department, released the following statement in response to President Donald Trump’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program:
“As a nation we are at our best when humanity drives our decision making. Unfortunately, rhetoric, xenophobia and fear overruled reason today in the determination to end DACA.
“In my experience, derisive and exclusionary behavior has only served to increase crime and disorder. The open participation of all individuals in a community creates trust and ultimately safety.
“Today we stepped backwards, losing the trust and cooperation of 800,000 members of our community.”
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
[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.