Speak Out: Are Black police officers important to community?

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Recently the Courier ran a story on the decline of Black policemen in the city. So we asked Pittsburghers how they felt about this issue. Here’s what you said:

Bernadette-Holly
BERNADETTE HOLLY

“Yes. They can relate to us as a people.”
Bernadette Holly
Clairton
Vector Inc.

“Yes, they are important to our community. They would be role models to our young men. They need to see someone that’s standing upright and working in our community.”
Fontana Trable
Clairton
Teacher

“Yes, very much so. It helps in the Black community to have someone the people can relate to. I think they are very important.”
Elaine Dyles
Hill District
Fraud recovery
specialist

“Yes, we need this. We need something positive for the Black community.”
Wayne Lawson
Bradock
Retired

“Yes, I do. I believe they can help to speak for some of us who otherwise may not have a voice. They can also help keep us aware of some of the things that are going on.”
Gregory Stewart
Clairton
Teacher

“Of cause they are. They come from the same areas we come from. They were raised as we were raised. Yes, they are important.”
Jeffery Thompson
Clairton
Steelworker

(Compiled by Gail Manker, photos by Gail Manker.)

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