Several days ago in one of my comments I said that fear of the police was corroding American stability. A number of readers wrote to chastise me about this, saying it was alarmist, and they had seen no evidence of such. I’m sorry, I believe they are wrong, and this trend is even stronger than I thought. It has reached the level where the President has had to address it as an issue.
The widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Missouri exists in too many other communities and is having a corrosive effect on the nation, particularly on its children, President Barack Obama says. He blames the feeling of wariness on persistent racial disparities in the administration of justice.
Obama said these misgivings only serve to harm communities that are most in need of effective law enforcement.
“It makes folks who are victimized by crime and need strong policing reluctant to go to the police because they may not trust them,” he said Saturday night in an address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual awards dinner.
“And the worst part of it is it scars the hearts of our children,” Obama said, adding that it leads some youngsters to unnecessarily fear people who do …