‘I was an African-American before I was a police officer’

By | July 19, 2016

As a black man and Cincinnati’s Chief of Police, Eliot Isaac lives at the center of two worlds that have collided in recent weeks after the killings of two black men at the hands of police and the fatal attacks on several police officers in Dallas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“I was an African-American man before I was a police officer so I identify with some of the concerns,” Isaac told CNNMoney. “But I also wear the hat of a police officer and a police chief. I see the need for reforms in policing and the dialogue that needs to take place around the issues.”

Isaac and his officers are patrolling downtown Cincinnati this week, where the NAACP is hosting its annual convention.

Given the tragic events of the past two weeks, criminal justice has been a key topic at the event. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton helped kick things off Monday by calling for better data collection and improved investigations of fatal police shootings and other encounters.

Clinton said the recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile drove home the urgent need for police reform in America. “Many African-Americans fear police,” Clinton said. “I hear you.” (CNN Money)

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