'No evidence' that racism is a problem in police forces
By Chuck Canterbury, president of the National Fraternal Order of Police
Racism is wrong, and our society suffers whenever we fail to confront racial prejudice in our personal and professional lives. It is wrong to think a man a criminal because of the color of his skin, and it is wrong to think a man a racist because of the color of his uniform. The arrest of Henry Louis Gates Jr. and the ensuing events are examples of the latter. Assumptions were made that the facts did not bear out, and it turned into every police officer's nightmare.
There is a mistaken perception that the ugliness of racism is an intrinsic part of the culture of law enforcement -- a perception we must correct. Racial profiling is not a legitimate law enforcement tool, and there is no evidence that prejudice is a systemic problem in U.S. law enforcement.