Our recent posts have been focused on the relationship between law enforcement officers and the communities in which they work. When the relationship is based on mutual respect and trust, problems tend to be minimal and everyone benefits. When the relationship is based on suspicion and presumption of guilt, however, it becomes a breeding ground for the types of fatal interactions we have been seeing around the country.
As we wrote last week, there is plenty of work to be done right here in Minnesota. Reviews of law enforcement records and data from Minneapolis suggest that racial bias may be a problem - even if the bias is unconscious.