NAACP Report Targets Police Brutality
A California NAACP report is urging tighter regulation of law enforcement in order to combat police brutality.
Friday, July 29, 2005
State N double A-C-P President Alice Huffman says there is no excuse for racial profiling, police brutality, and the mental mindset that sees black and thinks criminal.
She says police recruits should be psychologically evaluated before hiring and then each month while on patrol. "We just gotta get the bad apples out and we gotta get a change of mentality across the board about how they view people of color.
Ron Cottingham, President of the 58 thousand member Peace Officers’ Research Association of California says the cost of monthly psychological evaluations would be astronomical. "Oh there’s a hundred thousand peace officers approximately in California, so this could cost billions of dollars a year just to implement this program."
The N double A-C-P report also urges that Taser stun guns be banned, that racial slurs by on-duty cops be classified as hate crimes, and that more extensive data on racial profiling by police be collected and maintained.