Should a police force have the same racial make up as the community it serves?

Asked by: NelsonKnows
  • Depends on the community's ethnic makeup

    I continue to observe that only African-Americans overemphasize their racial identity. In predominantly African-American areas, I personally believe a predominantly African-American police force would help because then the police can't be called racist for enforcing the law. But in areas where the majority is any other race who does not overemphasize their racial identity, the ethnicity of the police officers does not matter.

  • It makes sense presuming it's possible:

    Diversity in the police force has been a major issue for many, many years and most people are just aware of it now but it's well over twenty years old and there is plenty of information relating to discrimination in the line of work of putting oneself in the line of fire.

  • It would happen naturally

    Without racism, the police force would statistically probably have the same racial make up as the community.​​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​​​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​​​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​​​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​​​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​​​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​​​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​​​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​​​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​​​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​​​​​​​​ ​ ​ ​

  • Their own fault.

    It is natural for people to prefer others who are like them. If you are in a crowd of people you do not know, you are subconsciously drawn to those who you visually identify with. It is this pack mentality that makes us prefer others like us and to treat them better. I am not saying that this justifies racial actions like beating someone because of their race but racial similarity may be the difference between getting a ticket or just a warning.
    It would probably be best if all races where represented equally in police presence but having the same ratio for police and community would be acceptable as well. Problem is, a much lower percentage of non-whites chose a law enforcement career. Clearly, other races are able to get these jobs but they won't get them unless they try.
    A fairly recent event in Ferguson, Mo. Claimed that racism is an issue. Thing is, even though about 67% of the population there is black, only 11% of the police force is black. Obviously black people are allowed to join the Ferguson police force but are 6 X less likely to do so. Clearly it is not the fault of white people that blacks are not represented equally but their own. Clearly we can not force more black people to become police officers and we can't deny a person from becoming a police officer because they are white.
    I don't blame a person for not choosing to be a police officer. I know I wouldn't want the job. They get little respect for a job that requires them to put their life on the line. Despite that, they put on their uniform and go to work knowing that most people would rather spit on them than shake their hand. This is because doing their job means someone is in trouble and nobody likes to be looked at as the bad guy. Thing is, we need people to do the job despite the fact.
    In the long run, if you feel your not represented enough by the police force, do something about it or stop complaining. If you don't want to join the police force, fine, but you could show respect to police so others of your group are more likely to choose it as a career.
    Come to think about it. This may be related to why police may treat white people better. Clearly if a higher percent of people in a group respect the police enough to join the force, odds are more of that group will respect the officer. I know from past experience, because I treated the officer with respect, they in turn treated me with more compassion. Instead of giving me a ticket, as they could have, they only gave me warnings. Those that show a lack of respect for the officer demonstrate the lack of respect for the law they are employed to enforce.

  • We Don't Need Anymore Majority-Rules Tactics

    The best way to solve racism is for people to become ignorant in their daily life. This sounds very stupid, but it makes sense if you think about it. Racism (as well as other arbitrary biases) are based on people being too aware of the arbitrary characteristics of those they interact with. This means that instead of walking into a store and buying a soda, you walk into a store owned by Catholic Italians and buy a soda from a Protestant Irishman. Maybe instead of just trying to reverse racism or make it more "accurate" racism (as depicted in this scenario) everyone should just buy a soda.

  • Obams says a police force should look like the community it serves.

    During the Ferguson riots Obama made an outrageous claim. He stated that the police force of a community should "look like" the community itself. He was basically try to introduce (or re-introduce) the concept that blacks should be policed by blacks because white people are racist.

    This is nothing more than a return to jim-crow. His position is so absolutely ridiculous and it reinforces focusing on differences and encouraging segregation.

  • Stupid begets stupid.

    Here's a racist idea for you. Let's demand that a police force be composed of the identical racial makeup as the community it serves. The hypocrisy of the left in action. No matter what race the majority of applicants are. Why should that matter? Only race matters, because the left is color blind.

  • Ideally yes. But...

    Ideally a community's police force should resemble the people of the community that serve, as should their fire service, lawyers teachers ect. But what really matters about a police man or women isn't their race. What matters is their ability to protect and serve. Id rather have a police force made up of strong, nice and brave people all of the same race and a race different than most community members than an ok police force whose demographics resembled they community they serve. Ultimately ones ability to protect is what makes them a good cop.

  • No it should not

    People must be govern by diverse police.Diversity in the system promote healthy interraction n practices .Thus in police equal portion of menbers as per their population in the country should be there.As this system will be more transparent and it will increase the toleranance.Moreevr people may like it as well

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