“Police Officers across the nation, need to address racial intolerance in a whole new (traffic) light. It starts here, with departments embracing a powerful awareness mindset, bridging emotional and social intelligence as one, called Racial Intelligence.” – Linda Webb, Founder, RITE Academy
It’s time for a new mindset to be ingrained in each Officer and the department. Police academies spend a lot of time on “shoot – don’t shoot scenarios” but not enough on how to handle racial intolerance. It starts with departments embracing a powerful awareness mindset bridging emotional and social intelligence as one, called Racial Intelligence.
With the recent news events across the nation showing police injustice like this one involving University of Cincinnati police officer, police department’s cannot afford to wait any longer without formally looking at new ways to enhance their police officers training. Body Cameras, IPhones, and social media are now being used to document police actions, bringing them out into public view. Police departments and the communities they serve must unite together and embrace a commitment to make sweeping changes. Racial Intelligence training helps police officers identify their emotional awareness, keeping behavior self-control in check while on a police call, as well as being held accountable for the department’s policies on ethics and integrity amongst is rank and file.
“Racial Intelligence training for police officers is the first step in healing the racial divide between Police and the community.” – Randy Friedman, Co-founder of the RITE Academy.
(CNN) Former University of Cincinnati Police Officer Ray Tensing pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges of murder and voluntary manslaughter in the July 19 shooting death of Samuel DuBose. Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters announced the charges at a news conference this week.
“I’ve been doing this for over 30 years. This is the most asinine act I’ve ever seen a police officer make — totally unwarranted,” he said. “It’s an absolute tragedy in the year 2015 that anyone would behave in this manner. It was senseless.” Deters played body camera footage of the traffic stop shooting that appeared to contradict Tensing’s version of what happened.
The prosecutor, who said he was shocked when he first saw the video, was adamant that DuBose, who is black, had not acted aggressively toward Tensing, who is white.
“People want to believe that Mr. DuBose had done something violent towards the officer — he did not. He did not at all. I feel so sorry for his family and what they lost, and I feel sorry for the community, too,” Deters said.
A reporter asked Deters whether he thought Tensing tried to mislead investigators looking into the incident. “Yes,” he said. “I think he was making an excuse for a purposeful killing” of DuBose, who was unarmed. Tensing fatally shot DuBose, 43, during a July 19 traffic stop over an alleged missing license tag. The officer has said he was forced to fire his weapon after almost being run over.