Vice President Joe Biden spoke to the Major County Sheriffs' Association/Major Cities Chiefs Association 2015 winter meeting on Monday. Biden addressed bridging the relation between communities and the officers who police those communities.
"This is not nearly as bad as it has been in the past," Biden said in Washington. "The press exaggerates how far off this is. But, we have to nip it in the bud."
Last week in an interview with YouTube sensation Glozell Green, President Obama said the "problem" can be solved through improved training "so people can be aware of their biases ahead of time."
VICE PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN: I also grew up with a lot of you guys in Claymont (DE) and Scranton (PA). Your troops, your officers are the same guys that grew up with who when there was 3 against 1, jumped in with you. They are the same ones when you need a little bit of help they were there. The same ones, the people who didn't let you down. They're the guys who I know became cops.
Being a cop is not what they do, it's who they are. And the fact of the matter is, it's getting harder and harder to see each other. Dr. King said, 'Men often hate each other because they fear each other. They fear each other because they don't know each other. And they don't know each other because they can not communicate. And they can not communicate because they are separated.'
We have to bridge that separation again. This is not nearly as bad as it has been in the past. The press exaggerates how far off this is. But, we have to nip it in the bud.
Being able to see each other was the whole theory behind the notion of community policing. None of you -- none of you women are old enough, some of you guys are, you remember growing up in your neighborhoods you knew the cop on the block when you were kids, in the 50s and 60s. I don't know about the 40s.