The past 12 months in America has brought us to witness incidents involving race and ethnicity within our culture that we all would agree has either been very unpleasant or has made us feel very uncomfortable and even more frustrating to discuss. The forefront of this emerging national conversation on race and justice has been sparked by cellphone videos and police dash and body cams videos of police use of deadly force particularly involving unarmed Black males. It’s not necessary to list and recap all of these incidents, because they have been reported on and played at length. It is my belief, as a 19 year veteran police officer, that we as Americans must immediately move towards the creation of solutions aimed at resolving what is being viewed as a progressively hostile relationship between police and Black men. Moreover, it   must be a high priority from both the Black community and the Police that specifically focuses on fixing what has been made clear as a contentious relationship between police and the urban community.
One step towards creating solutions is owning the problem. I will start it off….


Black Cop Speaks Out – Owning the Problem

Also Check Out: Racial Discrimination Facts On How To Stop Racial Profiling

Published by BOLDMINDS LLC

Shafiq R. Fulcher Abdussabur is an author, public speaker, racial profiling consultant, entrepreneur, and retired law enforcement Sergeant. His unique views and approach to urban violence prevention, racial profiling prevention and community based policing have been featured in the New York Times, Chicago Tribune, NPR-Where We Live, New Haven Independent, NPR-All Things Considered, WYBC-Electric Drum, New Haven Advocate, Russian Radio, BBC, PBS, New York Daily News, New Haven Register, Hartford Courant, and Al Jazeera America. His repertoire continues to grow consistently. He has appeared as a guest host on WNPR's “Where We Live.” He is also a contributing writer for the Huffington Post.


  1. Barbara Fair
    I like this. I know the Black community has a lot of stepping up to do. Parents need to be advocate for better living, educational and job opportunities opportunities for their children and not leave young people to do all the fending for themselves . There is a lot of great TALK about job opportunities yet unemployment continues to be a constant in our city. People living outside our community have a better shot at finding employment. Black fathers need to be able to support their children .A lot of TALK about community policing when the reality is that although officers are walking a beat they are not engaging the community in a positive manner. Black boys and even girls in the city need not worry that they will be stopped and searched or harassed simply because they are Black or Brown especially when downtown New Haven is a hangout for suburban addicts and they are free to roam and litter our community unabated. My son Shelton works hard every day and actually takes time off from his job to mentor children and yet he gets pulled over and the usual warrant check so it seems no matter how well you dress, behave or give back to your community you’re a suspect. That’s something police have to own. Parents can do a great job with their children yet if they go to a park and play with a toy gun or walk home from the store minding their business they can be murdered within seconds by the very officers who are charged to protect and serve and we are so busy trying to score points or not offend the offenders that we keep quiet about things that matter. The problem is much deeper than a week or so of racial sensitivity training. That’s simply window dressing.You can’t expect an officer who was trained to suspect certain people to do anything different. Yes we in the community have some heavy duty work to do as parents as neighbors, educators, social workers and others who claim to care about our children. I’m sick to death of the window dressing. Sick of people who sit around and discuss our children yet won’t spend an hour mentoring them or simply sitting down listening to them and understanding their many challenges. Police blame their actions on fear. The one who should be in fear is the black man, woman and child when they walk or drive down the street or on the highway knowing a police encounter may end your life. For the most part police fear is irrational and learned. The Black man’s fear is real. All one need to is check the long and continuing history of police relations as it relates to black people. Yes the work begins at home and not just the Black home. The irrational fear of the Black man began at home and was enhanced at the police academy. Police need to own that and work to eradicate it if they continue to choose to work in our communities and stop blaming our children for their aggression.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: