Professor gives opinion on citizens’ perspectives on cops

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Grant Boyer stands in front of a room of aspiring journalists and speaks of recent events dealing with the police force. (Kammie George/ newspapers2)

Grant Boyer stands in front of a room of aspiring journalists and speaks of recent events dealing with the police force. (Kammie George/ newspapers2)

Grant Boyer stands in front of a room of aspiring journalists and speaks of recent events dealing with the police force. (Kammie George/ newspapers2)

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Due to the increasing hostility between the police and citizens, along with the #BlackLivesMatter movement, Professor of Administration at Long Beach  City College, Grant Boyer, gives his opinion on the controversy surrounding this movement.

“Your perspective is your reality”, Boyer said. After  working as a police officer for thirty years and a member of the citizens police complaint commission for six years, Boyer has had experience with both sides of the movement, leaving him with the impression that “All lives matter”.

“You can have the best relationship with a cop”, Boyer said. It is a persons choice to choose their relationships with cops and Boyer believes everyone has the opportunity to become close with a cop.

“Because of media, cops are beginning to shy away from conflict”, Boyer said. With today’s media cops are starting to get skeptical about cases they are given because all it takes is one citizen to record the cop on social media and the whole world will see a video and depending on the citizens perspective, the cop can easily be made out to be a “bad guy”.

“Social media is absolutely causing the police to hesitate on certain actions”, Boyer said. A huge social media boom was created through the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Cops have become the enemy’s for many of the participants in the campaign and the police are trained to be a help not an enemy.

“An impression is set after a persons first encounter with a cop”, Boyer said. A cops duty is help and serve his or her community and if the citizen has had a bad encounter with a cop that specific citizen might be against the police. Boyer earlier said, “Your perspective is your reality”, and the perspective of a citizen is what affects a cop. In today’s society cops are becoming a source of fear to some people, but at the end of the day they are still doing the same job they have always done.

 

 

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Professor gives opinion on citizens’ perspectives on cops