Obama: Police need training to distinguish gang banger from kid in hoodie

Obama: Police need training to distinguish gang banger from kid in hoodie

[Ed. – He’s ‘helping’ again.]

Psident Obama told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos that police officers need more training to be sensitive to minorities so that they can differentiate between “a gang-banger and a kid who just happens to be wearing a hoodie.”

Obama said because many minority communities are riddled with crime, they need and seek even more police presence — but with the caveat that they need to be able to know that a kid in a hoodie doesn’t automatically equal a criminal.

Here is what the president said Sunday on This Week:

In the end, what I have confidence in is that if we do a better job of training our law enforcement to be sensitive to the concerns of minority communities, then over time, trust can be built. In part because minority communities typically are subject to more crime, they need law enforcement more than anybody. And there are a lot of communities in my hometown of Chicago, for example, who actually want to see more police in, but they want to make sure that the police are trained so they can distinguish between a gang-banger and a kid who just happens to be wearing a hoodie, but otherwise is a good kid and not doing anything wrong.

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