Law enforcement and community relations, what’s next?

A demonstrator and his dog stand across from police after being order to vacate the street during a march in protest against a grand jury's decision on Monday not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, in New York. The grand jury's decision has inflamed racial tensions across the U.S. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

CEDARVILLE\DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – Given the recent events in Ferguson, Cleveland and New York– a retired police chief weighs in on distrust between law enforcement and the community.

With riots and protests across the nation, where do we go from here? A question many are asking.

Former Cleveland police chief and current professor at Cedarville University, Dr. Patrick Oliver says not much has changed since he was last in uniform nine years ago.

“The basics circumstances of these cases have been there, I think were just in a point of time where there is a great public outcry because the relationship that the police do not have with segments of the community,” said Dr. Patrick Oliver, former Cleveland police chief.

Placing a distrust between those that are there to protect and serve and some community members.
Attorney Michael Wright represents the Crawford family. John Crawford III was holding a B-B gun when he was killed by police at the Beavercreek Walmart in August.

“The displaced trust has some merit, but I do believe it can be restored,” said Michael Wright, Crawford family attorney.

2 NEWS asked Dr. Oliver how can that trust be restored?

“You have to engage the community both in police and community services. Engagement is the key to effective policing. It involves a partnership between the police and the community,” said Oliver.

The Crawford family’s attorney believes the issue has always been there, but now its on the forefront because of technology.

“Violence has been here for a period of time but with social media and camera phones its more prevalent, everyone is being exposed to it,” said Wright.

President Obama has proposed new funding meant to help improve relations between law enforcement and minority communities this week. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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