This has certainly been a time of turmoil in Allegheny County. Central to this turmoil are the actions of an officer of a small Allegheny County police department. I would like to offer what I hope is a constructive suggestion for preventing the possibility of such a tragic occurrence in the future.

The Public Safety Task Force of the Pennsylvania Interfaith Impact Network (of which I am a member) has been working to ensure violent confrontations between the police and residents of this city are things of the past. A hopeful sign has been a move by the Pittsburgh police department to add new modules to the training and retraining of its officers. The modules are: “Procedural Justice,” “Implicit Bias” and “Racial Reconciliation.” The first two have been implemented and the third is soon to follow.

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