The United States Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) Director, James Comey, spoke on the issue of police and race relations on Thursday, February 12, 2015. He encouraged police to shun “lazy mental short-cuts” that can lead to bias in the manner in which they treat Blacks and other Minorities.
He said that, “After years of police work, officers can’t help but be influenced by the cynicism they feel.”
He continued, “A mental shortcut becomes almost irresistible and maybe even rational by some nights.”
“The two young Black men on one side of the street look so much like many others that the officer has locked up; two White men on the other side of the street even in the same clothes do not,” he commented
Comey indicated that factors such as poverty, drugs, lack of education, and crime are issues that must be addressed in order to improve relationships.
CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Don Lemon commented on Comey’s remarks. Lemon applauded the FBI Director for his candor and courage in speaking so openly on the issues.