After 33 years of National Night Out, but less than a month after officer-involved violence shook the nation, thousands of communities will once again host cookouts, block parties, and parades to promote police-community relations for this year’s observation of National Night Out.
The affairs range from small barbecues in backyards to parties with thousands of people. Regardless of size, all events have the same objective: to bring people out of their homes to meet neighbors and the police officers who protect their communities. About 16,500 communities have registered for this year’s campaign— roughly 500 more than last year.
Americans should now force Congress to pass bills that will go a long way towards building trust between police and communities. Legislation on racial profiling, police militarization, civil asset forfeiture, and body-worn cameras.
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