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So sayeth the Jr VP...:faint:Valerie Jarrett: ‘The Odds Are Stacked Against’ Some CommunitiesWhite House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett opened up a forum on community policing by pointing out unfairness across the country that can only be solved through a joint effort of police and community leaders.
“In some communities, they have consistently felt as if the odds are stacked against them,” Jarrett said, speaking at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building in Washington. “In fact, the odds were stacked against them. That sense of unfairness and perilousness has helped fuel the sense in some of our communities across the country, in the past year especially.”
The forum Thursday comes as a White House task force on policing rolls out a report of recommendations in response to police altercations in Ferguson, New York and Baltimore that have ended in the deaths of black men over the past year.
“We can’t afford to only show up when something goes wrong,” Jarrett said. “We have to be there throughout. So this is about policing and this is about community. It’s also about opportunity.”
She also praised police.
“We also know that police put themselves in harm’s way every single day,” Jarrett said. “They deserve to come home safe to their families as well. They are a very important part of this solution, but they are not the only part of the solution.”
She also said she is confident that Congress will push through bipartisan criminal justice reform during the president’s “fourth quarter” to reduce sentencing for non-violent drug offenses.
“What we are witnessing in cities across our country is not just about policing, it’s also about community,” Jarrett said. “Everyone has a role to play in this effort to bridge the divide between youth, community members and law enforcement, and it is within the power of every community leader to reach out to the police in their community before tragedy strikes to offer help, collaboration, and a shared approach to their mutual growth.”
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