I have written extensively on this blog about the absolute necessity for police to be respectful to those whom they contact. I have even said that police must be “respectful to a fault;” that is, civil and courteous to absolutely EVERYONE they encounter — even those who do not deserve to be respected because of their behavior.
Interestingly, Prof. Sam Walker made this argument and some specific recommendations on how to accomplish such a feat in his testimony to Pres. Obama’s “21st Century Policing Task Force” yesterday.
Many of us know and respect him for his continuing high-level, academic contributions to the field. I hope the task force hears his voice, its weight, and follows his recommendations.
If you are interested in police, or are a police officer, YOU NEED TO READ WALKER”S TESTIMONY HERE.