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Cunningham delivered his controversial four-minute talk to spur the difficult conversations necessary for police and their communi- ties to band together to build trust. The Los Angeles Times called Cunningham's speech a "watershed moment" for the IACP, an organi- zation with a mission to advance the law enforcement profession through advocacy, outreach, education, and programs. But Cunningham's speech also elicited diametrically opposed reac- tions. A few weeks after his presentation to the IACP, Cunningham addressed 250 police executives at the FBI National Academy in Washington, D.C. He arrived with laptop and PowerPoint presenta- tion in hand, only to be met at the door by two agents who taught at the Academy warning him that his "historic mistrust" speech was all the officers were talking about, and most weren't happy with it. Cunningham faced the elephant in the room head-on, skipping his prepared remarks to invite discussion. Some demanded an apology for what they felt was anti-police rhetoric, to which Cunningham replied, "I have nothing to apologize for. I didn't say you were racist. When you put on a uniform, you carry the history of the police force on your shoulders." The very next day, Cunningham presented at a "policing from the inside out" conference held at Howard University, the historically black school in Washington, D.C. Community activists from Baltimore not only had the opposite reaction to that of the police at the FBI National Academy. They ripped Cunningham apart for not speaking strongly 72 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 an interview with Terrence "Terry" M. Cunningham POLICE DO NOT HAVE THE TOOLS AND RESOURCES TO DEAL WITH THE MAJORITY OF TODAY'S CRIMINALS WHO HAVE MENTAL ILLNESS AND UNTREATED SUBSTANCE ABUSE, WHO ARE JOBLESS AND/OR HOMELESS."

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