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Distrust of law enforcement runs deep in black communities where it's unclear "who's looking out for them," said Elizabeth Henneke, a policy analyst with the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition.
"Anyone in a community needs to have accountability with how they interact with the community," Henneke said, adding that there is a "status quo" in some communities that how people look affects their interactions with law enforcement.
A better alternative might be an independent ombudsman agency on the state level to investigate officer misconduct allegations, Henneke said.
The Office of the Independent Ombudsman for the state juvenile justice system was created as a result of a sexual assault scandal involving youths that came to light almost 10 years ago. The state agency surveys the Texas Juvenile Justice Department and reports to the governor and the Legislature.
It works and should be an example, Henneke said.
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