In a round table meeting with President Donald Trump and White House officials on June 8, the law enforcement officials expressed their support for reforming the criminal justice system and the profession of policing in the wake of the protests around the country over George Flyods death in police custody.
“Looking at us as a profession, we recognize that its time for us to have some good, deep discussion and look within and find ways to improve the criminal justice system,” said Patrick Heels, the national president of the Fraternal Order Police.
Heels said that the last year had been a very tough time for law enforcement, having first to deal with the CCP virus pandemic, in which it lost 117 officers exposed to the virus across the country, and now, the social unrest sparked by the death of Floyd.
“I dont know a law enforcement officer across this country who is not just appalled by the incident that occurred in Minneapolis. But that one incident certainly doesnt reflect on the 800,000 men, women across this country who go to work every single day and try and make their communities better,” said Heels when thanking Trump for the chance to have an in-depth dialogue on the current situation.
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody said that her state has been experiencing the lowest crime rate in 48 years, and that recent attacks on law enforcement and looting could “dismantle” all the progress made over many years.
“I believe that in any administration and any criminal justice system in any state, we can always make improvements,” Moody said, adding that this didnt detract from the great myriad of things that the majority of law enforcement officials do for their community.
“I mean, if we expect great things, we have to support them. We have to ensure that theyre safe. At the same time, we must remain committed to improving our system,” she said.
Sheriff Tony Childress of Livingston County, Illinois, talked about a few specific reforms that he thinks would have a very important impact on law enforcement practices in his county.
“Some of the things we feel in Livingston County will be very important is mandatory de-escalation training for officers, the prohibition of all physical restraint maneuvers on or above the neck, any physical acts that reflect the flow of blood or oxygen to the brain, requiring all officers to render medical aid to all people, and requiring officers to intervene when physical forces are being applied to either stop or attempt forces that are being inappropriatelyRead More From Source