I read your article about Michelle Obama on NBCBLACK and I wanted to give you information based on the African American community and the law enforcement and healthcare system. As a board member for Illinois there has been complaints with lack of diversity on the law enforcement and healthcare boards throughout the state, but doing a little research it’s not only Illinois that have this problem. The board for fire and civil duties for the state,county and local governments for the state of Illinois and some states are made of mostly men who are Caucasian. This information may not be surprise for you but in order for the minority community to have a optimistic relationship with law enforcement is to trust,understand and have a diverse board of directors for law enforcement and healthcare. I spoke with a former officer that worked in Internal Affairs he told me that most of the decision making comes from the board of directors on what to do when situations like Alton Sterling,Mike Brown,Philando Castile and others that were killed by law enforcement.When situations like this happen the Cheif of Police ask the board of directors on what to say and do most of the time they tell him to inform the public that they’re investigating and had it over to the Internal Affairs but then call of the investigation when the hype dies down. With diversity on the board of directors for law enforcement and healthcare policies can change where police officers will be responsible for their actions and the community may have a harmonious relationship with law enforcement. Same thing for healthcare
Thank you for your note, Gerald. You raise some important points. I hope to learn more about these subjects (health/law enforcement boards). Diversity at the top make a huge difference, for sure.
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