A fellow staff member spoke at our staff meeting one morning. (paraphrase)
“Ya’ll probably didn’t know this but even I have been profiled by the police in this neighborhood. There was a time I had to call the cops to report a neighbor with some suspicious behavior. The cop, a white officer from the church hill precinct, came to my door with some attitude already. When I told him about what I had observed and the words of my neighbor, he wrote off my testimony and told me I was the one being careless. Somehow what started as a report about suspicious behavior became a lecture to me about how I needed to make better decisions. If it seems like he didn’t take it seriously, that’s because he didn’t. It appeared this officer had seen the color of my skin and had filtered my report through his superior mental framework.”
This staff member is a graduate of Woodberry Forest School for boys and the University of Richmond.
It appears there is evidence that the police DON’T effectively discern and see past skin color and neighborhood location oftentimes to look into the truth.
At the same time, I hear another perspective that doesn’t vindicate the police force, but helps explain why they can become cynical. It’s their job to push back against the darkness and to still give people a chance, but there is a statistical reason that they perceive young black males to be up to no good.
Here is a perspective that seems wise to me, where he recommends people snitch on criminals more often (even in its goofy humor):