‘All of us knew it was incorrect’: Harrison says Chauvin verdict will not have an effect on Baltimore policing
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
William Carter, WBAL NewsRadio 1090 and FM 101.5
Baltimore Police Commissioner Michael Harrison shared his ideas on policing following the Derek Chauvin homicide trial, saying that he would not assume the trial could have a destructive impression on policing.
“Even while you take a look at the officers in Minneapolis who testified and lots of officers who watched this is able to all say the identical factor, that that was completely incorrect,” Harrison instructed C4 and Bryan Nehman Wednesday morning. “I believe this doesn’t harm individuals to have a want to have a profession in policing, and it doesn’t harm people who find themselves in policing now, or make them need to go away policing as a result of all of us noticed that, and all of us knew it was incorrect.”
Harrison mentioned that his officers are presently in coaching underneath a brand new program referred to as EPIC (Moral Policing is Brave). Harrison mentioned this system is “a peer intervention system that teaches officers find out how to step in entrance of their colleague to forestall a nasty act,” and provides that if the officers concerned in George Floyd’s dying had this coaching, “maybe it might have been prevented.”
“I do imagine in any good division, it’s concerning the coaching,” Harrison mentioned. “Instructing implicit bias, cultural sensitivity, educating concerning the group and extra. While you educate that and construct your tradition upon these issues, it doesn’t matter who’s sitting in a automobile with one other particular person.”
When requested how troublesome it might be for officers to step in and forestall issues from going too far, Harrison says that police tradition has to alter.
“iI’s troublesome due to the tradition,” Harrison mentioned. “What some name the police subculture, frowns upon that since you’re telling an officer in entrance of a group member or one other officer that she or he is incorrect…The tradition is predicated on loyalty…It’s concerning the show of loyalty but it surely’s perverted as a result of it’s loyalty on the backend the place you must maintain secrets and techniques.”
With the proof of video footage being the essential a part of Chauvin’s trial, the subject of citizen’s recording police got here up, which Harrison mentioned is an efficient factor.
“It retains us accountable,” Harrison mentioned. “So long as individuals don’t intervene and trigger hurt to a state of affairs whereas we’re performing our obligation, their first modification permits them their proper to face there and video.”
“The closings of stations is totally false,” Harrison mentioned. “There has not been, ever a dialog with anybody with me about closing a police station. We’re not 500 officers down. Now we have 500 fewer officers than we had 10 years in the past once we have been budgeted for 500 extra officers…Now we have employed extra individuals than we’ve employed over a ten 12 months interval final 12 months.”