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Police Chief ‘s Apology: Is It Enough?

Given the current climate of social injustice in our country, every step that we can take towards solutions could make a difference.

Terrence Cunningham, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, said at the group’s annual conference that police have historically been a face of oppression, enforcing laws that ensured legalized discrimination and denial of basic rights.

Cunningham said today’s officers are not to blame for past injustices.

“While we obviously cannot change the past, it is clear that we must change the future,” Cunningham said. “We must forge a path that allows us to move beyond our history and identify common solutions to better protect our communities.

The International Association of Chiefs of Police is one of the largest police organizations in the United States, and for the police chief of Ferguson, Missouri Delrish Moss, this move is a step in the right direction.

“There are communities that have long perceived us as oppressors, there are communities that have long perceived us as the jackbooted arm of government designed to keep people under control, and that’s one of the things we have to work hard to get past,” Moss said. “I’m glad it’s being addressed … because the only way to get past it is to first acknowledge the existence of it.”

For more on the feedback of Cunningham’s statement, read more over at CBS News.

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