WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

Issue link: http://wellesleywestonmagazine.epubxp.com/i/782418

Contents of this Issue

Navigation

Page 75 of 229

enough about what they perceived to be police brutality against blacks. A sentiment echoed by Dr. Delores Jones-Brown, a professor at the John Jay College Center for Race, Crime and Justice, who told the LA Times: "The apology amounted to too little, too late." When asked for his opinion on why there was a rise in community/police tension, Cunningham replied, "When people are upset with government as they are now, they use police as a vessel. The police are the most visible arm of government." Cunningham also believes the criminal justice system needs an overhaul to meet the demands of the 21st century. The last time that the system was revamped was in 1967 after President Johnson created the President's Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice. About 50 years later in 2014, Congress was one vote short from authorizing a new study. Cunningham had hoped to convince President Obama to issue an executive order to get it completed, but did not. Cunningham and the IACP support fed- eral background checks for firearm pur- chases. The organization's position is clearly stated on its website: "Dangerous people acquiring firearms is a serious problem that demands a federal response. State and local governments cannot go it alone, as ineligible firearm purchasers are able to circumvent the 74 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 99.9 PERCENT OF OUR OFFICERS DO AN INCREDIBLE JOB, BUT LAW ENFORCEMENT IS ONE OF THE FEW PROFESSIONS WHERE WE EXPECT A BATTING AVERAGE OF A THOUSAND.Ó P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y O F T E R R E N C E C U N N I N G H A M

Articles in this issue

Archives of this issue

view archives of WellesleyWeston Magazine - SPRING 2017