This is a critical moment in America, citizens are demanding accountability from public servants who took an oath to serve and protect. When a profession fails to accomplish its mission, policies and procedures are examined and improved if necessary. This has happened countless times in the American past from health care to public education to mental health. When people are not receiving the best care or service from a profession, citizens and other professionals in said field enforce standards and work to ensure accountability.
I have heard it said that there is a "war" on police. This is toxic propaganda and an attempt to derail the process of holding law enforcement accountable for their failings. In the award winning single "Revolution," Tracy Chapman asserts that revolution begins with a whisper. Well, I say revolution begins with a gunshot. The gunshot fired from the gun of one called to serve and protect into the unarmed body of citizen whose taxes paid that officer. Certainly it is our duty as taxpaying citizens to ask more of the public servants we fund.
For close to a year, I have been engaged in conversations with the Provo City Chief of Police John King, who reached out to me for feedback about how the men and women in blue working in his department can improve relations with black and brown communities in Provo. Earlier in the year, King organized a citizen's advisory board in an effort to be held accountable to his public. This diverse committee including professionals, academics and community activists has had nothing but a positive impact on the relationship between the department and the community.