Baltimore mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake says that the Justice Department’s plan to train its employees to not be biased based on race or gender “doesn’t impact the murder rate.”
Appearing on MSNBC’s “MTP Daily” on Monday, host Peter Alexander asked Rawlings-Blake about the DOJ’s plan to train “all of its 28,000 law enforcement agents and prosecutors to recognize and address implicit bias” inquiring, “Will that training do anything to change the murder rate in cities like your own?” (RELATED: Obama Admin Mandates Thousands Of Federal Agents Receive Anti-Racism Training)
“Well, I think when you deal with implicit bias, it doesn’t impact the murder rate, what it does is impact the trust relationship between police and the community,” Rawlings-Blake said.
That relationship is “something that is critical to the safety of our community in Baltimore and across the country. We know that the citizens cannot create safe communities on their own. and the police cannot create safe communities and cannot fully serve the communities that they protect without that good collaboration. And it requires us constantly working on meaningful reforms but also constantly working on rebuilding that trust relationship.”