The Public Safety Task Force of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (of which I am a member) has been working to ensure violent confrontations between the police and residents of this city are things of the past. A hopeful sign has been a move by the Pittsburgh police department to add new modules to the training and retraining of its officers. The modules are: “Procedural Justice,” “Implicit Bias” and “Racial Reconciliation.” The first two have been implemented and the third is soon to follow.
The Public Safety Task Force of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network condemns the heinous and hateful acts that occurred in Charlottesville, VA. These events are just another reminder of the depth of the racism that continues to plague our nation– a plague from which no one is immune.
In response to Police Chief Cameron McLay’s resignation, and in support of the important work he did to bridge the divide between the police and the community, the leaders of our Public Safety Task Force wrote a guest column in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.