Are cops more trigger-happy when aiming guns at minorities? That's not a new question, though it's certainly one being asked more frequently as protests have rolled across the country since the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. Last month, >USA Today reported that police in Ferguson arrested black people at a rate nearly three times higher than that of people of other races -- and the stats for at least twenty law enforcement agencies across Colorado are nearly as bad, the paper says, with the Lakewood Police Department ranking the worst.
|Tracie Keesee is leaving the DPD for NYC.|
As concern over racial profiling grew, in September, outgoing attorney general Eric Holder announced the creation of the Justice Department's National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, a consortium of organizations that will use a $4.75 million federal grant to push for both research and results. "The events in Ferguson reminded us that we cannot allow tensions, which are present in so many neighborhoods across America, to go unresolved," Holder said. "As law enforcement leaders, each of us has an essential obligation -- and a unique opportunity -- to ensure fairness, eliminate bias, and build community engagement."
That's something that Tracie Keesee recognized more than a decade ago.
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