Police Relations — Not Just a Black, Urban Issue

Dec. 4, 2014 / By

Editor’s Note: When President Obama proposed his $263-million spending package to expand the use of body cameras on officers and other efforts to improve community-police relations last Monday, he noted that “simmering distrust” of law enforcement is not unique to Ferguson, but present in communities of color across the nation. Yet on the whole, discussions of police misconduct in mainstream and social media outlets have reduced it to a black and white, and decidedly urban issue – African Americans on one side, white officers on the other. New America Media asked youth reporters in rural, and predominantly Latino, areas of California to survey people in their community about how they perceive local law enforcement.


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