Transparency, communications and holding people accountable is the only way Law Enforcement leaders can gain the public’s confidence and trust.
The most important documents in American history are the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of United States. These two documents are what makes America great and separates us from any other country. One declared us free and the other set rules to govern that freedom.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.
If you believe in the Declaration of Independence, which I hope you do, any person who has the power to take away another person’s Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness should be screened, evaluated, examined, scrutinized and held to the highest standard possible. The police have that power.
As a man who speaks with different communities all over the country, the first question I ask communities with an “Us Against Them” mentality with the police is, why don’t you trust the police? I usually don’t get an answer, I get a question, why do you trust the police?
My answer is, 98% of all police officers are good, decent, hard-working, caring people who become cops for the right reasons. To protect and serve. The problem is the 2% who should have never been cops in the first place.
It is the 2% of bad cops who give the 98% of good cops a bad name. When a bad cop is beating a man, who is obviously not a threat anymore and five cops are watching and doing nothing, it is no wonder why that community doesn’t trust the police.
Some cops blame the media, a person videoing the incident with a cellphone, or even their leadership for making them wear body cameras. It is not about the media, cameras, etc., it is about doing the right thing all the time, not just when the camera is on. It is about character, values, honor and plain human decency.
Every organization knows who the bad apples are, I am not just talking about policing. In any business with twenty employees, everyone knows who the slackers or screw-ups are. They eventually get fired.
With policing, it is imperative that the leadership of a police agency fire the bad cop immediately. Life,Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness is at stake. Is there anything more important than that?
Let me emphasize, we are not talking about a police officer who made a mistake, we are talking about that 2% of cops who should never have been a cop in the first place. Do a transparent investigation and hold people accountable. Whatever that accountability might be. Follow The United States Constitution.
The question I often get from communities is, what do you do when you have a leader who is one of that 2%? A leader who slipped through the cracks and YES, there are some of those out there. Sadly, the United States was asleep at the wheel for many years and the results of that are shown on TV way to often.
Everyone has a boss and change is sometimes the only way to solve a problem. A Chief of Police either answers to the City Manager, City Council, Mayor, etc. and a Sheriff answers to the people. Everyone answers to someone.
When it is all said and done, it is YOU who is going to make a difference and solve the problem of trust with the police. It is the only way true change comes about. All you need to do is follow and believe in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution of the United States, We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
About the author: Larry Lawton is an Author, TV Personality, Speaker, Teen/Young Adult Expert and Law Enforcement Consultant. Larry developed the nationally recognized Reality Check Program and Reality Check Video Card Program.
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In August of 2013, Larry was the first ex-con in the United States to be sworn in as an Honorary Police Officer in the city of Lake Saint Louis, Missouri and in November 2013, Larry was the first ex-con recognized on the Floor of the United States Congress for his work with helping young people and law enforcement agencies.
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