Sherrilyn Ifill, president and director-counsel of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, says it often seems like police departments are at war with communities. She welcomes the reforms being recommended by the DOJ.
“You’ll recall that in Darren Wilson’s testimony before the grand jury in Ferguson, he described the community where he encountered Mike Brown as being a kind of ‘anti-police’ community, at least in his mind,” says Ifill. “I think this [guardian mindset] recommendation from the taskforce is important because it’s a reminder to police that they are to regard themselves as the guardians of safety for all communities.”
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