Law enforcement has historically been held to a high standard of conformity with the laws and customs of the land. Yet, the age-old, quasi-military organizational structure of all police agencies makes it difficult to deliberately incorporate people from outside of their circle into their hierarchy. At the same time, this inclusivity is becoming the expectation of our present era. These circumstances give rise to distrust and misunderstanding, which can evolve into fear and even hate. The challenge for law enforcement then becomes helping people adjust their present mindset to one of an enthusiastic welcome and genuine appreciation.
On Monday representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez visited a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility after it was discovered that multiple CBP officers were members of a Facebook group where members shared derogatory comments about migrants and Representative Ocasio-Cortez.