Law enforcement officers on the beat in the nation’s capital city are now being mandated to visit the African-American History museum as a part of their training thanks to the liberal politicians who have decreed that it will help increase sensitivity in an effort to minimize violence against blacks.
Thanks to the renewed focus on the oft-demonized police after an unarmed black man was shot dead in his backyard after officers mistook a cellphone for a gun, the war on cops is once again raging. Black Lives Matters is reenergized and the Democrats who are in control of many of the nation’s largest cities are using their power to place new restrictions on the police who are being forced to operate in a climate that is increasingly hostile and dangerous to them thanks to the media sensationalizing mistakes like the killing of Stephon Clarke.
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Officers in Washington, D.C.’s city police department are now required to visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to confront the “troubling history” of police-minority conflict.
The Metropolitan Police Department plans to have all 3,800 sworn officers and 660 civilian members complete bias training by the end of the summer, CNN reported Tuesday.
MPD Chief Peter Newsham said the trip to the museum shows “poignant stories” of historical injustices.
“I think there are some that would like to ignore that troubling history of law enforcement in our country, but we believe it’s critically important that it remains a part of our education and understanding,” Newsham said. “And most importantly, it’s something we can learn from.”
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Additional details via CNN:
Police Chief Newsham said the museum trip will allow officers to confront some of the uglier moments in police-minority interaction in the nation’s history.
“The museum includes very honest, and poignant stories of the role that policing played in some of the historical injustices in our country,” he said.
“I think there are some that would like to ignore that troubling history of law enforcement in our country, but we believe it’s critically important that it remains a part of our education and understanding. And most importantly, it’s something we can learn from.”
DC radio station WTOP 103.5 adds:
The department is partnering with the University of the District of Columbia Community College as well as the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture to improve the city’s community policing.
“I think there are some that would like to ignore that troubling history of law enforcement in our country. But, we believe it’s critically important that it remains a part of our education and understanding. And most importantly, it’s something we can learn from,” said D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham at a news conference Friday, April 13.
Each sworn and civilian member will participate in the 10-hour program led by the college’s history professors, which begins with a tour and discussion at the museum and followed by guided neighborhood walks.
“We start at 6 a.m. for three hours of lectures that go from Africa to present day. For three hours after which, we walk here and we begin our tour at 9:30 in the morning until 3:30 in the afternoon,” said professor Bernard Demczuk.
“We also take officers on to a U Street tour where we spend four or five hours in the Shaw community examining police brutality, examining history, examining the black Mecca of America, Washington, D.C. and the black Broadway along U Street; and the officers get a real good sense of D.C. history, D.C. policing and how we here are changing policing in America,” Demczuk said.
Whether the forced indoctrination will amount to a hill of beans is unknown but it gives the liberal politicians a chance to pat themselves on the back for their innovative and creative thinking because shaming the police is the answer to all of society’s ills. That’s why there will never be a museum or memorial to police who were murdered in the line of duty by criminals.