NewsChannel 10 is inviting you to take part in a focus group aimed that is measuring tensions felt between the Amarillo community and the city police department. For the new few weeks, Perspective will explore this topic in depth and publish its findings every Tuesday.
Today I'll continue to summarize the pulse and sentiments that were expressed as I asked about fear or tension that may or may not exist with the Amarillo Police Department.
In the conversation, most said while there is room for improvement in Amarillo, relations with police are better than the rest of the country for the most part. And they praised the recent efforts to implement true community policing by putting police officers on the streets in the minority communities.
On the other hand, some remarked that they had felt profiled. And the largest takeaway was the fear that this group expressed about the "potential harm" that may come to them in a police encounter or the "unrest that existed in their protection," but this was mainly attributed it to the national events that had taken place over the last year.
This fear had even changed how kids were being raised and taught.
One young man said, "I was taught to always have my wallet on the dash and never reach into my pocket."
One father said, "I teach my kids to survive, be respectful, don't cause suspicion...Come home alive."
The Perspective on the topic is mixed, but the conclusion is our community has a fear that is very real.
NewsChannel 10 and West Texas A&M have worked together to place an interactive poll on NewsChannel10.com. This will give you a chance to tell us your thoughts on this matter.
We want your perspective as we will continue this conversation over the next few weeks.
Perspective is a weekly feature presented by NewsChannel 10 Vice President/General Manager Brent McClure. Have something you'd like to share? Send your perspective to firstname.lastname@example.org.