On Monday October 17 th, 2016 (Today) the International Associaton of Chief of Police, one of the Largest Fraternal Police Organizations in America held a convention in which they collectively apologized en masse for the historical abuse and mistreatment of Blacks and minorities.
Chief Terrance M. Cunningham of Wellesley,Mass. served as the conduit or speaker of the apology given, and did it so eloquently. A lot of people will question, “Is it to late?” But it’s never to late for change, even in death we transition or change. It’s the only thing consistent in life. Check out the apology below and come back with your own conclusion.
“Events over the past several years have caused many to question the actions of our officers and has tragically undermined the trust that the public must and should have in their police departments,” he said. “The history of the law enforcement profession is replete with examples of bravery, self-sacrifice, and service to the community. At its core, policing is a noble profession. At the same time, it is also clear that the history of policing has also had darker periods.”
“While we obviously cannot change the past, it is clear that we must change the future,” he continued. “For our part, the first step is for law enforcement and the IACP to acknowledge and apologize for the actions of the past and the role that our profession has played in society’s historical mistreatment of communities of color. It is my hope that, by working together, we can break this historic cycle of mistrust and build a better and safer future for us all.”