University of Pittsburgh

David Harris on Police/Community Relations in Pittsburgh After Federal Decision Not to Prosecute Police Officers

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May 8, 2011

Professor David Harris discussed the state of police/community relations in Pittsburgh in the wake of the decision by the U.S. Department of Justice not to prosecute the three police officers involved in the beating of CAPA High School student Jordan Miles.  Professor Harris told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that relations between police officers and African Americans in the city have become dangerously polarized, and that this constitutes a genuine danger to public safety.  "If you want to have real, sustained gains in public safety, the police must do it along with community support," Professor Harris said.  "What we're facing is a real crisis of confidence and trust. That is something that can only be repaired by rebuilding that trust."

Link to Post-Gazette article

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