On Thursday, January 11, NAACP President Nelson Linder addressed the need to eradicate police misconduct at the East Waco Library event, "Minimum Force Necessary." Linder highlighted the importance of involving city councils, commissioner courts, civilian oversight, police chiefs, unions, and district attorneys to support local policies that have zero tolerance for misconduct.
Linder also explained that "Minimum Force Necessary" is predicated on grand juries understanding state Penal codes and district attorneys widening the scope of investigations beyond certain state penal codes. Such penal codes embrace objectionable reasonable standards that allow law enforcement broad protections when the use of force is employed.
Retired Major from the Travis County Sheriff's Department, Mark Sawa, agreed with Linder's sentiments. Sawa addressed the importance of additional training for law enforcement to ensure improved communication and techniques for conflict resolution. Sawa is currently conducting trainings around the nation in police departments, but more people are needed to educate law enforcement on maintaining safety for all involved in conflict.
Moving forward, Linder plans to join Sawa's efforts to improve communication between law enforcement and the communities it serves.
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