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NCJ Number: 69315 Find in a Library
Title: POLICE USE OF FORCE - HOW CITIZENS THINK IT SHOULD BE DEALT WITH
Author(s): C G POMPA
Corporate Author: US Dept of Justice
Community Relations Service
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20815
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
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Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THIS LEAGUE OF UNITED LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS (LULAC) REPORT PRESENTS PARTICIPANTS, RECOMMENDATIONS REGARDING POLICE USE OF DEADLY OR EXCESSIVE FORCE AGAINST MINORITIES.
Abstract: LULAC, THE NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF COLORED (NAACP), THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSICE, AND STATE AGENCIES HAVE RECOGNIZED THE UNDECLARED WAR BETWEEN THE POLICE AND HISPANICS OR BLACKS IN MANY COMMUNITIES. THEY ALSO RECOGNIZE THAT EXCESSIVE OR DEADLY FORCE IS A COMMUNITY RELATIONS PROBLEM, DEMANDING THE COMBINED EFFORTS OF LOCAL POLICE AND MINORITY GROUPS TO WORK OUT A SOLUTION. THE CONVENTION PARTICIPANTS MET TO INITIATE RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN THE NATION'S TWO MAJOR MINORITY GROUPS (BLACKS AND HISPANICS), TO CREATE A DIALOGUE BETWEEN THESE TWO GROUPS AND POLICE EXECUTIVES FROM ACROSS THE COUNTRY, AND TO JOINTLY AND COLLECTIVELY SEEK SOLUTIONS THAT WOULD REDUCE THE FREQUENCY OF DEADLY OR EXCESSIVE FORCE. PARTICIPANTS WERE TORN BETWEEN THE THEORY THAT SUCH FORCE WAS USED BY A FEW 'ROTTEN APPLES' ON THE FORCE OR WAS THE RESULT OF CORRUPTION OF POLICE AUTHORITY AND THE THEORY THAT POLICE VIOLENCE IS THE PRODUCT OF A SYSTEM THAT ENCOURAGES AND SUPPORTS IT. CALLS FOR FEDERAL ACTION INVOLVED REQUIRING POLICE TO USE DEADLY FORCE ONLY TO DEFEND OR PROTECT HUMAN LIFE, SETTING UP A MODEL POLICY ON POLICE USE OF GUNS, ESTABLISHING AN AGENCY TO INVESTIGATE POLICE BRUTALITY COMPLAINTS, IMPROVING STATISTICAL SYSTEMS, AND FURTHER STUDIES REGARDING POLICE USE OF FORCE. RECOMMEDATIONS FOR LOCAL ACTION INCLUDED THE CREATION OF A CIVILIAN-POLICE REVIEW BOARD TO OVERSEE POLICE OPERATIONS, SIMPLIFYING THE CITIZENS COMPLAINTS REVIEW PROCESS, AND REDUCING TO WRITING POLICE INTERNAL INVESTIGATION RULES AND PROCEDURES AND DISSEMINATING THOSE RULES AND PROCEDURES TO THE PUBLIC. ALSO SUGGESTED WERE BETTER SCREENING OF POLICE CANDIDATES, MANDATORY TRAINING FOR ALL OFFICERS IN CULTURAL AWARENESS AND ETHNIC SENSITIVITY, BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF POLICE PRACTICES BY COMMUNITY AGENCIES, AND MORE POLICE-COMMUNITY MEETINGS.
Index Term(s): Black/African Americans; Cultural influences; Hispanic Americans; Lawful use of force; Police community relations; Police use of deadly force; Police weapons use; Professional misconduct
Note: PRESENTED TO THE LEAGUE OF UNITED LATIN AMERICAN CITIZENS 1980 NATIONAL CONVENTION - 'HISPANICS AT THE THRESHOLD OF ECONOMIC AND POLITICAL POWER' - WASHINGTON, DC, JUNE 27, 1980
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