Top of Mind Thursday December 4, 2014: Something Has to Change

Top of Mind Thursday
Twice this past week, no indictment decisions came back in incidents involving the death of African American men at the hands of white police officers.

Leverage2Market LogoNone of us were present in Ferguson, MO or New York City when these incidents occurred. It is possible that these were nothing more than tragic incidents.

But as a consultant, I look for patterns of behavior that indicate ongoing trends. And the pattern that’s developed over the last couple of years is disturbing, to say the least.

The officers involved may have felt they really had not choice but to fire their weapons. The families and friends of those killed feel their kids were unfairly targeted, and justice is not being served. And the communities feel they need to speak up and sometimes act out to draw attention to the problem.

It’s time to change the dynamics  so these situations don’t continue to occur. Having police officers wear cameras that capture interactions with the public is one way to change behavior. But it’s not enough. We need to take a good look at what can be done earlier in the process to bring about different outcomes.

Something has to change.

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