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Police Director J.D. Patterson is the right man for the job

caines | 2/7/2013, 4:30 a.m.

Veteran police officer and licensed minister J.D. Patterson is the new Miami Dade police director a move that bodes well for Blacks and all residents in Miami-Dade County. In Patterson, who has as he says, a servants heart, we believe we will see a demand for greater accountability among the rank and file of the department as well as an immediate move towards making our streets safer. One of the issues that have remained of great concern, particularly within the Black community, is police-involved shootings. Finally, we have a director with the on-hands experience needed to shape up a department and weed out less-than-ethical police officers. We also firmly believe that Patterson is certainly capable of restructuring the procedures and practices of the department so that police-involved shootings become the exception instead of the norm. As for rogue cops that believe it is better to shoot first and ask questions later, we see Patterson as the kind of leader who will push for their termination and when appropriate, conviction. Its been two years since a series of police-involved shootings of Black men brought our community to the brink of civil unrest. With seven men shot in as many months, many of us had become fed up with Black men being used as target practice. We were further angered when we learned that several of these men had been unarmed. But before we jump on soapboxes and make irresponsible demands, perhaps it would be wise for the public and the police to have a real conversation. Its time for us all of us to do some real soul searching. After all, every life has value. Patterson is the right man for the job at the right time.