True Public Safety Harms No One. Racial Profiling Harms Everyone.
A Better Path to Public Safety
The video above captures retired SFPD Officer Marion Jackson as he reaches out to community members with thoughtful words on True Public Safetyincluding dispelling “shoot to kill” myths. He insists police cannot define "community policing," the community must define and direct police, a truth not often stated by law enforcement. He assures the audience that "police work for you..." their salary "comes out of your pocket.” "True Public Safety Harms No One, Racial Profiling Harms Everyone" is part of a series of workshops presented by Third Traditions Foundation.
Panelists from left to right are Retired SFPD Lt. Art Tapia, Retired SFPD Inspector Rodney Williams, Active Duty SFPD Sergeant Yulanda Williams, Retired member of SFPD Marion Jackson and Ida Mc Cray of the SF County Sheriff’s Office.
Seated in the audience on the far left is Mesha Izizarry, founder of the Idriss Stelley Foundation, a non-profit created to address police brutality. Panel discussion intrigued audience members and most found the conversations candidly refreshing therefore; we hope to repeat the experience in an upcoming event.
Selected segments of the hour workshop are available below and the entire presentation is available on video upon request. Please email email@example.com for details.
How does one escape the recent headlines pointing to corruption among correctional control officers? Are the fatiguing aspects of this profession giving rise to inappropriate behavior by prison guards? Can those overseeing convicted felons be more in need of correction than those overseen by them?
In this media presentation, law enforcement representatives address this ethical question through a panel on Public Safety.
You will see in this section of TTF’s March 14, 2015 “True Public Safety Harms No One," San Francisco Police Sergeant Yulanda Williams and Ida Mc Cray of San Francisco Sheriff’s Office speak out against inappropriate behavior among correctional control officers.
"What is painfully obvious when one steps back from individual cases and specific policies is that the system of mass incarceration operates with stunning efficiency to sweep people of color off the streets, lock them in cages, and then releases them into an inferior second-class status. Nowhere is this more true than in the War on Drugs." - Michelle Alexander page 103, The New Jim Crow
One of the unique attributes of San Francisco city government is its transparency fueled by policy debates from grass roots contributors. The Human Rights Impact of the War on Drugs sponsored by the Human Rights Commission on Thursday, April 12, 2012 produced some of the most informative subject data from experts such as the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice. Their Drug Policy Report unveiled how San Francisco favors whites who fuel the illicit drug trade in the city yet non-whites are arrested most often.
In addition, the American Civil Liberties Union of Northern California exposed gross racial disparities in the city's "Buy-bust operations."
“We’ve Lost Their Trust” is how Senator Dick Durbin admonishes the Law Enforcement official; apparently, oblivious to racial profiling’s impact on drug sentencing. Durbin recounts how the good intentions of both Black and White leaders created a 100 to 1 drug policy, which, at the time seemed necessary to curb violence.
However, in the video below, Senator Durbin laments producing this legislation since it created "a terrible disparity,” an epidemic of African Americans given long prison sentences for minor drug use while White offenders got off with light sentences for use of virtually the same substance. (This video is best viewed in Windows Media Player.)
Racial Profiling, "Happens Often” and Must be Talked About
In what might be a historic turning point in his term, President Obama “came out” Black and recounted being the target of racial profiling. The President’s comments came in response to intense nationwide dialog happening in the wake of Florida’s acquittal of George Zimmerman, the white community member who shot and killed Tryavon Martin, an unarmed Black teenager. On July 19, 2013, Obama orchestrated a special press conference to address the country’s reaction.
Conviction of Central Park Five seen as the "New Jim Crow"
Ken Burns’ recent work, “The Central Park Five” chronicles the lives of five young men wrongly convicted of a horrific crime yet subsequently exonerated. In his April 2013 presentation at the National Press Club, he described the rush to convict the young men of color with a new colloquialism the era of “The New Jim Crow.”
His comment demonstrates the current proliferation of Professor Michelle Alexander's work of the same name. Alexander’s bestselling book eloquently unveils the nation’s Criminal Justice System as “legalized racial discrimination.”
(This video is best viewed in Windows Media Player.)
"If I ignore them (biases) and believe that I’m acting without them, without looking at them andtesting that I’m not, then I could unconsciously or otherwise, be led to be doing the exact thing I don’t want to do…” Justice Soto Mayor
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Furthering Cultural Aptitude through the Study of Unconscious Bias.