Lexington HRC and Police Talk Discrimination

Feb 12, 2014

Credit Lexington-Fayette Urban County Human Rights Commission

Lexington’s Police teamed up with the city’s Human Rights Commission Tuesday to host a panel discussion on discrimination and racial profiling. 

The panel consisted of several groups.  These include the city police (including officers from Internal Affairs),  Lexington's Citizen's Advocate, as well as specialists from the US Attorney's Office, Department of Justice, and FBI.  Each discussed how their departments process and investigate complaints of discrimination, inviting the public to share their concerns.  Lexington Chief of Police Ronnie Bastin said   the  part of a greater push towards transparency between the police and the public.  

“We certainly have issues and we’re on a journey to get better as we go, but I think we’re in a fairly good position.  I think keeping an open dialog and being transparent, and what we as a police agency do is very vital to that, and that’s the way I believe in doing business," he told WUKY. 

The discussion touches on a similar HRC event last year, which discussed the implications of the Trayvon Martin case.  Walter Atkinson, a community relations specialist with the Department of Justice, is following up the event with training  about racial profiling.  It will take place in the Central Library from 9:30-3:30 Wednesday.