With the media attention gained by the Black Lives Matter movement it would be easy to think that the issue of police abuse in America is one of black-and-white. However a study from the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that Latinos have also been subjected to abusive treatment at the hands of police.
Deputy director of the center, Jennifer Benz revealed:
She added that for many Latino respondents:
This is something that Long Beach Police Chief Robert Luna, the first Latino to lead the force is aware of:
Rene Galindo, a Mexican American telecom network engineer from South Central L.A. echoed the concerns:
Meanwhile, LAPD Captain Tina Nieto, incoming president of the Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association, agrees that there is a need for more diversity in the police force:
However, Heather McDonald of the Manhattan Institute, and author of the book ‘The War On Cops,’ disagrees, stating:
What do you think, is there a real need for more diversity in the police forces across the United States – or is McDonald right, and is race just a “side show?”
It seems that the perception of the police in America depends on your skin color and therefore how you are treated by law enforcement on a day-to-day basis. But what is clear is that there are very real issues that need to be addressed right now.
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