The Pittsburgh police must be more racially diverse

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The Aug. 12 article “New Officers Hit East End Streets” and the associated photograph of the four white officers and commander patrolling Homewood streets generates conflicting thoughts in my mind. First, I think it is good to see police officers of any race attempting to provide some peace and safety for my former Homewood neighborhood. However, the five police officers also look to me like a white power occupying force assigned to keep the natives in check.

Pittsburgh should be ashamed of its lack of recruitment and retention of a more diverse police force. After living in several other major cities, I find the racial makeup of the Pittsburgh police department offensive to common sense, common decency and fairness.

Please, Mayor Peduto, correct this very backward and embarrassing situation that resembles the racial composition of major U.S. city police departments 60 years ago.

HARRY JAMES FORD
Swissvale


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