The issue of policing and community interaction continues to be a hot-button topic across the country and right here at home. Racial profiling and use of excessive force are at the top of those discussions.
Washtenaw County Sheriff Jerry Clayton says maintaining open dialogue with the community and educating the public about department policies and practices can make a difference.
"The more we can provide information on what we do and how we do it, the community will have a better understanding of our practices, and we believe it starts to engender a lot of trust and understanding. And, that's better for us and the community."
As such, Sheriff Clayton will tackle the issue of use of force and department accountability practices at an open public meeting this evening.
"With all the things that are going on across the nation,--law enforcement and people being killed or allegations of excessive force--we believe that it's important to, again, demystify why we do what we do and actually what we do."
Once again, tonight’s meeting is open to the public. It begins at 6 PM at Ypsilanti Township Hall on South Huron River Drive.
— Taylor Pinson is a writer/reporter for 89.1 WEMU News. Contact him at 734.487.3363 or email him firstname.lastname@example.org