Ferguson. Cleveland. New York. Places where the use of deadly force by police has been called into question.  Preventing the next incident boils down to understanding, police training leaders told a panel of lawmakers in the Illinois House.  “We are currently working on a curriculum called Policing in a Multi-cultural Society,” said Cora Beem, manager of mandated training for the Illinois Law Enforcement Training and Standards Board. “It talks about everything – traffic stops, family disputes – we work heavily with persons with disabilities – autism, Alzheimer’s – people call 9-1-1 for everything.”
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What about profiling? “With cooperation from the Department of Justice, we implemented our prohibition on bias-based policing. This is a four-hour training that was delivered statewide to all of our sworn officers,” said Lt. Col. JoAnn Johnson, the Illinois State Police director of internal investigations. “Our cadets and recruits in training received this curriculum as well, to understand why an officer may not be aware if they are being perceived as being racially biased on a traffic stop.”
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