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U.S. police chiefs group apologizes for ‘historical mistreatment’ of minorities

IACP president Terrence Cunningham hopes that all sides can work to “break this historic cycle of mistrust”
The head of a major, U.S.-headquartered group representing senior police worldwide has acknowledged and apologized for law enforcement’s past actions and role in America’s “historical mistreatment” of minorities.

Terrence Cunningham, who heads the police force of Wellesley, Mass., made the apology as president of the nonprofit International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP). The Washington Post reports that the apology — made during the group’s convention in San Diego — was on behalf of the organization, whose members include 23,000 U.S. police chiefs as well as senior officers from dozens of countries across the globe.

Cunningham reportedly spoke of “multigenerational — almost inherited — mistrust” between U.S. minorities and police. According to the Post, he said that the first step in “changing the future” of that relationship was “for law enforcement and the IACP to acknowledge and apologize for the actions of the past and the role that our profession has played in society’s historical mistreatment of communities of color.”