Social Justice Expert: Black Communities Need Black Cops

Friday, 15 Aug 2014 05:46 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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American cities should hire more black police officers to patrol heavily African-American areas, says Christopher Parker, associate professor of social justice and political science at the University of Washington.

"A black suspect is going to be more likely to comply with a black cop,'' Parker said Friday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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As well, he added, "a black cop is going to approach the suspect differently … I don't care what the implications are. People want to say there's a difference, yeah there's a difference here, because black cops are going to be a lot more empathetic.''

Parker's recommendation comes in the wake of the racial unrest that has swept Ferguson, Missouri, after an unarmed black teen was shot dead by an officer last Saturday.

Michael Brown, 18, had earlier been involved in the robbery of a convenience store, but authorities say his confrontation occurred because he was blocking traffic.

Parker — author with Matt Barreto of the book, "Change They Can't Believe In: The Tea Party and Reactionary Politics in America," published by Princeton University Press — also called for police to try to avoid using deadly force.

"Aren't there other intermediate measures one can take? I don't know, don't they have stun guns? Wouldn't that have been a possibility?'' he said.

"I mean none of us were there, but deadly force should be a last resort."

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