ARI Testimony on Police Culture and the Use of Force
On June 25, 2020, ARI Senior Fellow Jeff Ballabon testified at a Department of Justice hearing of the President’s Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice .
As one of three faith leaders asked to discuss "police culture and the use of force," and with anti-police activity raging across America, Mr. Ballabon offered the Commission two key concrete suggestions:
America's Jewish institutions, and in particular Orthodox Jewish institutions, can serve as a model for other communities. Jewish institutions have forged positive relationships with police departments around the country. An important part of that relationship involved spending time both teaching the police about community behavior, concerns, and sensibilities, and learning police culture from the police.
ARI, in collaboration with world-class researchers on public sentiment and on antisemitism, has launched a mapping project that should help track viral antisemitism to its source. This project promises to be useful to police both in helping prevent antisemitic hate crimes and in better pinpointing situations in which the use of force is most likely to be necessary. Similar mapping projects may prove useful in addressing other forms of bigotry, racism, and hatred.
Mr. Ballabon's full spoken and written submissions are available below.
The Washington Times brought Mr. Ballabon's description of the Mapping Project into full public view.