On Monday, Attorney General Eric Holder kicked off the first of a series of community meetings on Ferguson at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. During the meeting he suggested that law enforcement is seen as an “occupying force” in their communities.
“The problems we must confront are not only in Ferguson. The issues raised in Missouri are not unique in that state or to that small city.
We are dealing with concerns that are truly national is scope and have threatened the entire nation.
Broadly speaking without mutual understanding between citizens whose rights must be respected and law enforcement officers who make tremendous often unheralded sacrifices every day to preserve public safety.
Without that kind of interaction without that kind of trust there can be no meaningful progress. Our police officers cannot be, and cannot be seen as an occupying force disconnected from their communities that they serve.”
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The police only seem like an occupying army if you are a criminal. Law abiding people in high crime areas wish the police would establish a permanent presence until the bad guys leave!