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Justice Department Report isnt enough to change the police

Justice Department Report isnt enough to change the police

On Monday, when the Justice Department released its report recommending changes in the Philadelphia Police Department’s use of deadly force policies, I thought of the first time I saw police brutality.

I was 24, my parents had just divorced, and I’d only recently moved to North Philadelphia from West Oak Lane.

As a child who’d spent his life in a working class neighborhood prior to moving to a place where poverty was more prevalent, I’d never before had reason to fear the police.

But on that day, as my brother and I started down from a third floor window, I just learned what it meant to be black in a poor community. I learned what it meant to be vulnerable.

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Solomon Jones is an Essence bestselling author and award-winning columnist. He is the creator and editor of Solomonjones.com and morning host on 900 am WURD radio. Click here to learn more about Solomon

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