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This post was edited by JFenix at 2014-8-30 18:42|
One good outcome I am hearing about is from those who want to make constructive changes in their police departments and in their policies to prevent a situation like what happened in ferguson. An ounce of prevention worth a pound of cure? Lets hope.
The Oklahoma City police for one. Look at how they handled a potentially explosive situation surrounding a white cop who used his authority and power to sexually abuse and rape women (all black).
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Police said Holtzclaw forced women to expose themselves, fondled the women and, in at least one instance, had intercourse with a woman, Citty said. The incidents occurred in northeast Oklahoma City, in the area patrolled by the department’s Springlake Division.
On the day of Holtzclaw’s arrest, Citty held a news conference and said he was angry and disturbed by the allegations and condemned the officer’s actions.
On Monday, one of the department’s top-ranking officers, Maj. Brian Jennings, hosted a meeting with about 30 religious leaders from the area, in part to defuse any anger and to address concerns regarding the allegations against Holtzclaw and the events in Ferguson.
“I wanted to let them know that the Springlake Division was here to help and be a partner in the community,” Jennings said via email.
Several pastors who attended the meeting said the gathering was timely, given recent events in the city and across the nation.
The Rev. J.A. Reed, with Concerned Clergy for Spiritual Renewal, said Monday’s meeting was important to prevent the kind of community upheaval that occurred in Ferguson.
Good communication with the city police department is more important than ever before, Reed said.
The Rev. Lee Cooper, senior pastor of Prospect Baptist Church, 2809 N Missouri, agreed.
“We left feeling a lot better about some of the things that need to be done in our community, and we were able to get some answers for our congregations,” Cooper said.
The Rev. Alice Richardson, an Oklahoma City Police chaplain, advocated for more such gatherings in the future.
“In light of what is happening in Ferguson, Mo., meetings like this, in my opinion, should be the norm instead of the exception around the country,” Richardson said.
“The Oklahoma City Police Department is ahead of the pack.”