In October 2016, Chief Terry Cunningham, the former president and current deputy executive director of the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP), spoke in front of the thousands gathered at the organization’s annual conference and issued a surprising apology for what he described as “the historical mistreatment” of minorities by the police. Cunningham’s powerful stance, like those of other criminal-justice leaders who have made similar public statements, recognizes the detrimental impact of policies that were put in place decades ago on communities of color today.
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