P1 First Person: Are police-community relations DRT? (part three)
By Pat Welsh
The Dayton Police Department (Ohio) faced this very dilemma in 2011 when a young African-American male, under arrest and handcuffed behind his back, kicked out a cruiser window and leapt off a bridge to his death. This was the flashpoint for all the pent up anger of the African-American community and the spring board for the release of all the citizen complaints against the department and its officers. In the ensuing months, there was a DOJ investigation launched.