EPA Empathy quote - Community Relations

Community Relations: “We have to understand what it’s like to be a citizen” – James Comey

Community Relations: “We have to understand what it’s like to be a citizen who might worry that calling the police will make things worse.” – James Comey

 

We have to understand what it’s like to be a citizen who might worry that calling the police will make things worse. Who might actually fear us rather than dismiss that perspective because it makes no sense to us given the way that we know ourselves. We need to feel it. And with an open heart and an open mind, work to change that perspective. . . .

[We also] have to understand the truth that the problems we face are greater than the divide between law enforcement and the communities we serve. It’s far harder than that. We in law enforcement have a whole lot to improve and to work on, but the truth is, the cops are not the root cause of our problems in so many of America’s neighborhoods. And a whole lot of people don’t want to talk about that because it’s so hard.

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