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Orange County Human Relations Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 19, 2014

Contact: Ken Inouye, Chair, OC Human Relations Commission, 949-586-6640

Commission Plans Police Community Dialogues

An African American woman shared that her kindergartener asked, “Mommy, why don’t police like Black people like me?”

This anecdote earlier this month symbolized the reach and impact of the national media attention to a series of conflicts between African American young men and police officers resulting in violence and death.

  • In California Proposition 47 passed aiming to reduce the number of people incarcerated for non-violent offenses.
  • In Anaheim destructive demonstrations followed after a series of shooting deaths of suspected gang members by the police.
  • In Santa Ana activists demonstrated at city council meetings with profane messages on their hats and shirts targeting the police.

The OC Interfaith Clergy Alliance and OCCCO hosted a forum with key law enforcement leaders and a couple hundred African American and Latino community members in Lake Forest.

The OC Human Relations Commission convened on 12.11.2014 and discussed what can be done to address the fear and mistrust that escalates confrontations between law enforcement officials and boys and men of color, into violence and even death.

Following on the OC Interfaith Clergy/Law Enforcement Forum that the Commission collaborated on, were requests that the Commission organize some dialogues to bring these groups together to build understanding and trust, as well as dispel stereotypes that can only add to the tension and escalate confrontation.

Irvine Police Chief and Human Relations Commissioner, David Maggard, shared that his officers partnered with Pastor Mark Whitlock’s Christ Our Redeemer AME Church to offer a session for African American youth on how to avoid conflict and potential arrest when stopped by police. The Chief indicated that the sessions turned out to be as educational for his officers as it was for the young men.

This concept spurred the Commission to vote to reach out to partners in the community and law enforcement to explore the possibility of organizing dialogues between the police and diverse communities, around small tables. A similar dialogue was successfully facilitated by the Commission for the Anaheim Police Department and the West Anaheim Arab & Muslim business community and residents.


Rusty Kennedy, CEO

OC Human Relations

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Santa Ana, CA 92705

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The New Santa Ana blog has been covering news, events and politics in Santa Ana since 2009.

One thought on “O.C. Human Relations Commission plans police community dialogues”
  1. I is fair to say that since I’m not Black I don’t receive the level of prejudice from most persons here in O.C. A major problem does igsist in the way the White power policing operates in O.C. It’s evident that a disfunctional policy is in place to plague targeted persons on a non-stop basis. In a community where there is very low crime, the homeless are the big target. Officers receive promotions based on how rough they have been on a homeless person or drunk, or mentally disabled. A crime can be totally fabricated in order to maliciously prosecute a targeted person. All of the targeted persons on line Ket strokes and statyements are intentionally misconstrued for Slanderous Smearing through out the entire region. Total misuse of Official duty to act as Law enforcement should is cause of action for a legthy report to the Dept of Homeland Security or the U.S. Justice Dept in Washington. It’s too difficult to resolve matters like these within the O.C. courts. So I sure hope this Human relations meeting does some kind of Good. God have mercy on us all in 2015 !!!!!!

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