The IACP Apology: Being Lectured By An Academic

First of all, let me clear this up; this guy is most definitely NOT the “US policing leader” like the author of this Associated Press article wants his readers to believe.  The headline of that AP article, which is sadly as much of the article as some viewers will actually read, could not be more disingenuous and blatantly misleading.

According to a similar article at the Washington Post, Terrence Cunningham “issued a formal apology to the nation’s minority population ‘for the actions of the past and the role that our profession has played in society’s historical mistreatment of communities of color.’”

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The man who made those comments is correctly identified in the AP article as “Terrence Cunningham, president of the International Association of Chiefs of Police.”   He is the president of a private organization, one which comprises much more than what its name would indicate.  The organization is not even restricted to just law enforcement, but its membership is open to many other professions, many not remotely resembling law enforcement.

“Membership Criteria:  Police chiefs, commissioners, sheriffs, constables, security officers, investigators, colonels, city managers, public safety directors, instructors, highway safety specialists, police science coordinators, brigadier generals, doctors, senior research fellows, sergeants, criminal investigators, psychologists, attorneys, management analysts, border patrol agents, inspectors, human rights officers, coroners, handwriting examiners, criminal justice students and service providers—all comprise our vast membership.” 

To remotely suggest that this guy speaks for US law enforcement as a whole, or even to suggest that he speaks for US law enforcement leadership, is seriously misstating the truth.  He speaks for a group that he is the president of, and based on these articles, he does not even speak for all of said group’s members.

Secondly, Terrence Cunningham is the Chief of Police of “Wellesley, Massachusetts, an affluent, overwhelmingly white, low-crime suburb near Boston.”  Wellesley, MA is a whopping 10.49 square miles (my last patrol district was more than 4 times that size), the entire department consists of 62 full-time employees (only 33 of which are patrol cops), the city has a crime rate that is almost non-existent, and “According to a 2007 Census Bureau estimate, the racial makeup of the town was 84.6% White, 10.0% Asian, 2.2% Black, 0.01% Native American, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.4% from other races, and 1.7% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.4% of the population.”  “Overwhelmingly white” is a almost an understatement.

crimerate02Speaking of the ridiculously low crime rate, according to the information provided by, there has not been a murder in the city going back to at least 2002 and in the 12 year span shown on their website (2002-2014), there were only 17 reported rapes in that entire time span and only 26 robberies.  My department takes that many robbery reports in just a day or two.  The crime rate there is so ridiculously low, I began to wonder when the last time there was a murder in that town.  The most recent murder I can find any mention of using Google occurred in 1999.

According to Cunningham’s LinkedIn profile, his entire 33 year law enforcement career has been served in Wellesley, MA.  His entire career has been in a sleepy, wealthy, crime free small town.  This man has no experience dealing with the very communities that he is attempting to speak to.  Additionally,   he lists Harvard as his alma mater which makes me suspect he is likely a liberal.  So, he has a liberal education and he has no experience dealing with violent crime, which explains his “white cop guilt” BS comments.


His comments are based on academics and speculation, because his employment history does not offer any credible facts on which they can be based.  While I am not begrudging anyone who works in a small, slow town, but for him to speak as if he is an expert on a topic that he has zero experience dealing with is totally irresponsible.

This man most definitely does NOT speak for law enforcement as a whole.

The atrocities he speaks of, the enforcement of Jim Crow laws, the blatant abuse of people of color, those things happened more than a decade before I was even born, and more than 30 years before I became a cop.  I do not have to apologize for something I did not do.  It is entirely possible for me to acknowledge that something bad happened, that something was done wrong, without my needing to accept blame for it.  Expecting modern law enforcement to apologize for things done 50 years ago is the same as expecting white people to apologize for slavery.  It is liberal minded, SJW bull crap!

As an actively employed cop, this man’s comments infuriate me.

This is yet another leftist attempt to alleviate a segment of society from personal responsibility, and his comments could not have come at a worse time.  There is currently a war on cops being waged, and this guy wants me to say sorry for something that happened before I was born?  Someone needs to step out of suburbia and experience real cop work before he is going to try and lecture us.

We as a nation need to stop blaming people who did nothing wrong.  The only way we can hope to grow as a people, as one nation, is to stop living in the past.  Make changes for the better.  Judge people based on their actions, not on their skin color or the clothing (uniform) they wear.

Now, before someone accuses me of trying to whitewash history, I am not remotely suggesting that we ignore the past, far from it.  As the saying goes, those who refuse to learn history are doomed to repeat it.  However, acknowledging that history does not require taking responsibility for it.  It is possible to learn from the mistakes of others, and that is what we all need to do, both the cops and the communities we serve.

While I understand the message he was trying to convey, and I agree it is a positive one, his choice of wording was horrific and now the left is shoving those poorly chosen words in law enforcement’s collective face.

This Editorial by Deputy Matt originally appeared at the Daily Caller.  You can read the editorial by Travis Yates here


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  1. brewster101

    lol it’s like the argument here is “you cannot know what these animals are like unless you have worked in their communities. They are violent, like to steal or rob, and lazy that’s why we treat them the way we do!” Pray tell, what else could a ‘white cop from a white affluent suburb’ be missing about policing minorities in the USA? What would disqualify him from having an informed opinion? He’s from those stereotypical places in the USA where the police are paid BY WHITES to keep “those people” out of their neighborhoods, their schools, and across the tracks in “their own” communities where they belong. This makes him SUPREMELY qualified to speak on racial matters because he knows first hand how they police across the USA, KNOWS what the attitudes in predominantly white communities are towards minorities.

  2. FlawidaJack2

    All he has to do to up his game is to encourage public housing in his little bit of heaven. But then, he wouldn’t have a job anymore.

  3. bacchys

    When you day there’s a war on cops you prove you’re a moron. Whatever job you have, you’re too stupid to have an opinion. It would have been better if you hadn’t written this whining rant, because at least then you’d leave some room for doubt.

  4. Unity Nowe

    We know he doesn’t represent all of law enforcement. How? Because we all know that law enforcement will never apologize for anything. That would be admitting a wrong. And being the narcissistic, sociopathic profession that law enforcement is, admitting to being wrong would be impossible.
    So don’t worry about any confusion here. We know.

    • Fire_and_Steel

      Ah, another graduate of the Saul Alinsky School of I-Have-It-All-Figured-Out.

  5. ahaz

    I’m not sure where I can even begin. Some of you guys apply that same “Walk in my shoes” crap to those in your own profession. Don’t get me wrong, I certainly appreciate the fact that at least someone in a major LE organization had the courage to admit LE’s role in historical injustices perpetrated against minorities. But what he didn’t do was acknowledge the racial disparities in policing today, the issue that I’m more concerned with, along with many others. He didn’t acknowledge that police theories such as broken windows, stop and frisk, zero tolerance overwhelming target minority communities and minorities in general. He didn’t acknowledge the minorities are charged for drug offenses at higher rates than whites even though both use drugs at the same rate. He didn’t acknowledge that a minority is more likely to have force and deadly force used against them than their white counterparts. He also didn’t acknowledge that in every DOJ investigation into every police department has found patterns of excessive force, racially biased and unconstitutional policing. That’s happening today, not in the past. It’s not isolated. It’s not just a few bad cops. It’s institutional and rampant across the nation. And the writer of this editorial accepts no responsibility what occurred in the past or is occurring today. In fact, his editorial is reflective of LE attitudes in general. “We have a tough job and only if the “others” would accept responsibility, the world would be roses”. I would prefer that he and the LE community accept responsibility for their actions and the deficiencies in their departments. And most importantly, work to improve them. I would prefer that he eliminate the “war on cops” rhetoric, when no such thing exists. LE has been able to operate without meaningful oversight and has been able to control the narratives regarding use of force without question for decades. LE no longer controls that narrative, now that video captures what occurs regularly in this country. Whether it’s a use of deadly force issues, harassing a man walking along side of a road, using SWAT for search warrants and militarization. The public no longer considers these excesses acceptable, and this is your mythical “War on Cops”. It’s simply change and change for the better.

    • Law Officer

      Are you aware of the rate at which 6% of the population is committing violent crime? This is crime with a victim and not proactive police stops. If you were told that 6% of the population is committing well over 50% of all violent crime, would you expect law enforcement to be in the areas attempting to prevent these crimes? How would you police a community where virtually all violent crime is coming from a select few neighborhoods?

      • ahaz

        That’s a common retort from Le types. However, I would argue that if police focused the same type of manpower, predatory strategies and focus on those so-called “safe” communities, they would be arresting and criminalizing at similar rates.

        • ahaz

          And moreover, it’s a common tactic used to distract from the issue at hand. If LE performed their jobs in a non-predatory and constitutional manner. The angst that exists between communities and their departments would improve markedly. Nice try but no dice.

        • Pete Griffen

          That is total bull shit!

    • kenneth wise

      Don’t want you to walk in my shoes….Last history check cops have had heavy weapons for decades nothing new on that. And I’m quite sure the last shootings involving our department was justified…So I’ll leave it there

      • ahaz

        I’m sure they were ruled justified.

    • Linda Dague Ford

      And you are so obviously biased, as well as totally ignorant of facts, your comments mean absolutely nothing.

      • ahaz

        I am wrong where exactly?

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