It seems that incidents involving police brutality are increasing. Recently a policy officer in McKinney, TX resigned after being caught on video pulling a gun on teenagers at a swimming party. Police Chief Conley was quoted as saying, “Our policies, our training, our practice doesn’t support his actions. He came into the call out of control, and as the video shows was out of control during the incident.”
I feel fortunate to live in a town with a terrific police force a police chief who has the self-awareness and self-management skills to lead a team of compassionate AND accountable officers. I also believe that most officers want to be effective and avoid losing the public’s trust. Addressing complicated problems like this requires attention to many factors including economic inequality and racial and ethnic prejudice. Along with that, I’d like to suggest that police officer selection and training implement principles of compassionate accountability.