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August 22nd, 2014
08:18 PM ET

Building trust between community and police

Brooke Baldwin talks with Chairman of the National Black Police Association Malik Aziz about rebuilding trust in Ferguson.

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  1. alex Wheeler

    I beleive that all police need to be psychology re evaluated at minimum of every five years. I feel that at least, they become hardened and calus from constant exposure to the streets. The revelations of this police officer I beleive support this idea.
    PTSD I think can victimize anyone.
    Your thoughts.
    Alex Wheeler

    August 22, 2014 at 9:00 pm |
  2. Roberta

    Story on the facebook posting and speech at police officers/emt/military police officers meeting by current police officers working in Ferguson (shown on camera in a Don Lemon report) was remarkable, horrifying, sobering and sickening for those charged with keeping the peace. Comments by Officer Ron Johnson and the Police Chief for the county officer in Ferguson were good to hear and hope there will be follow up to know the disposition of these two officers. Appreciated the evening segments by Don Lemon on the Peace School and Little League in Ferguson. Hope these stories are getting coverage in telling the stories of how citizens are carrying on in the face of the past two weeks evens in Ferguson. Hope CNN can pull together on an impact your world portion of the cnn website that shows how others may get involved in Ferguson to make a difference in the time going forward. I have heard stories about the pro football team bringing the high school students to the pro practice field, peace school and little league. There is the 10 point coalition of Indianapolis going to Ferguson to work with the community on community involvement with the Ferguson community and hope that gets some coverage. There is a kick starter campaign raising funds to provide body cams to police. CNN cover more examples of how people can help and partner with Ferguson in going forward and offer hope after the protests end and the media goes home.

    August 22, 2014 at 11:42 pm |
  3. Bigwilliestyles

    Black officers like Johnson ana Aziz are idiots. Even as they speak of "trust" and "cooperation" between the police and the community,...

    August 24, 2014 at 12:39 am |
  4. Bigwilliestyles

    ...The very fact of a Black Police Association belies the "trust" and "cooperation" between white and Black officers who are supposedly on the same team...

    August 24, 2014 at 12:42 am |
  5. Bigwilliestyles

    ...In fact, it is that very lack of trust, cooperation, fairness, opportunity, etc., that makes a 'Black Police Association necessary in the first place.

    August 24, 2014 at 12:45 am |
  6. Fred Griswold

    I've been struck by two things in the coverage of the events in Ferguson: that the average income there is only about $20,000, and that only a small percentage of the eligible voters there vote. That's a community that feels left out of the American mainstream. (And the blacks there, by the way, probably don't feel much kinship with the kind of middle-class, college-educated blacks you see on TV.) Sounds like economics is a big part of it. The factory jobs that people in places like Ferguson used to get have long since been sent to China. Just imagine of the jobs came back. Then they could actually save some money, send their kids to school, maybe even pay their taxes. What a concept.

    August 24, 2014 at 3:29 am |
  7. ckt54

    The middle class college educated blacks you see on tv are the ones who race bait, inflame and incite these type of situations. Yes, economics and jobs is a problem all thru out America that's what our President is suppose to be solving. If anyone criticizes this President they are called racists. Every President thru out history has been criticized by one side or the other it's part of the job. Yes, education is a problem but teachers can't make black kids learn if they don't want to, teachers can't make their parents participate in their childs education if they don't want to. Black and white children all attend the same schools where I live they all have the same opportunities if they want to learn. The Sharptons, Jacksons, Hills, Hostins and other race baiters are not doing the black youth any good by inflaming this type of behavior or continuing their blaming white people for all their problems. They should be marching for them to get their education, stop criminal behavior,stop having babies etc.

    August 24, 2014 at 9:33 am |
  8. pistolandburnescoffee

    CNN is a race baiter and creates it's own news. FERGUSON is a SHAM. The BROWN punk was a bone fide punk. You obviously missed his Facebook pages with him featured pointing a gun at the camera, and further his BLOOD colors and BLOOD signs expressed as well. The photo with the gun should replace that incredible race baiting one on your network where he is wearing a graduation top. Com on. I used to have some respect. Now Don Lemon is a joke. His pitiful expression on camera in Ferguson are pathetic. SHOW THIS PUNK UP FOR WHAT HE IS. He is a thief clearly caught on camera. His Facebook generates his mentality. Frankly it was the same with Trayvon Martin. You continued to show a little boy when his photos show him tattooed, and representing a wannabee thug. CNN is a lie.

    August 24, 2014 at 1:36 pm |
  9. Bill Commers

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    August 25, 2014 at 1:34 am |
  10. ckt54

    CNN and other race baiters have turned this black male into a martyr, this black male strong arm robbed a store AND just minutes after he chose to resist a PO. What do you think would have happened had that store owner put up a fight to keep him from robbing his store? This black male fought and resisted a PO who we all know carry a gun. I'm sure we all know what would have happened to that store owner had he fought Michael Brown. This is the type of black male they want others to look up to and make a martyr out of? Yes, it is sad that he is dead but he chose criminal behavior and to resist a PO. Surely, the blacks must have another black male that they can have the young black males look up to besides Michael Brown.

    August 25, 2014 at 9:26 am |
  11. ckt54

    BTW, Has CNN bothered to interview the store owners in Ferguson to find out how often they are robbed by blacks? I would venture to say they havn't. All they have done is try to find out anything they can negative about the PO'S in Ferguson to furthur their agendas. I would like to hear from the store owners on how bad black crime is in Ferguson pertainig to their businesses. They are I'm sure afraid to show their face for fear of retaliation if they did so but CNN could do it without showing their faces or names of their businesses. But you won't see or hear that from CNN or their race baiters they have on air.

    August 25, 2014 at 9:38 am |
  12. mike

    ckt54, come on do you really expect CNN to put up an impartial review.

    I still can't get over things like they are like they are because of economics, why don't blacks do like the rest of society, work there way up. I started working at a gas station, went into the military and now make a pretty good living, all because of hard work.

    August 25, 2014 at 10:07 am |
  13. Dale

    I am concerned that this tragedy in Ferguson will be viewed in the wrong light. Most of the media coverage has been on the fact of this unarmed man being shot. An in that it is justified. I am just wondering if the officer if proven innocent will be given the same amount of coverage? The court system will decide right or wrong if there was excessive force used in this case. My opinion yes the officer used way to much force. Is there ever a reason to discharge that many rounds into one person?
    If the young man was indeed attacking the officer and he was in fear for his safety then yes he should have fired. We all know that an individual on drugs sometimes dose not stop.
    But really the question is if the courts find that the officer was justified in his actions. How much coverage will be given to this story? We all jump to conclusions or our on feelings. Were quick to say the officer was wrong. What about letting the court system work it out then we protest.

    August 25, 2014 at 11:17 am |
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