Orange sheriff’s social media posts draw backlash

April 29, 2021

By Grace Toohey

From the article: "...But former Salt Lake City Police Chief Chris Burbank said the original statement from Mina shows that he doesn’t understand the current challenge of police legitimacy, especially from Black and brown communities.

“‘Just trust the cops’ does not work,” Burbank said, now the vice president of law enforcement strategy at the Center for Policing Equity. He said he found the statement from Mina also concerning because it appears to imply that law enforcement agents are always correct in their instructions and actions.

“It nullifies the responsibility of the police,” Burbank said. He said he’s seen cases in which police officers have still used violence when people follow instructions. In 2017, officers under Mina’s leadership at the Orlando Police Department beat suspected cop-killer Markeith Loyd during his apprehension. Loyd was following officers’ orders to crawl toward them across the lawn and had already thrown aside his weapons when police beat him, causing him to lose an eye..."

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