D.C. police get required history lesson to address racial bias


Law enforcement officials across the country now acknowledge the link between black history and the current divide between police and community. A recent survey found 83 percent of people subjected to “stop and frisk” in Washington, D.C. are black, though African-Americans make up 47 percent of the population in the nation’s capital.

And that is why D.C.’s police now mandate new training to address racial bias. It includes a tour of the National Museum of African-American History and Culture. The tour compels officers to explore black history in America in order to help reduce the tension between police and the community.

Bernard Demczuk has led hundreds of police officers on tours through historically black neighborhoods in the center of D.C., known as Shaw and U Street. “What I want to do is…

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