This article describes work I have been doing during the past year plus in Charleston, SC, the site of the horrific nine murders in Mother Emanuel AME Church. The work has been done with Police Chief Greg Mullen and colleagues Margaret Seidler and Chandra Irvin and the entire Charleston community. The purpose? To further improve police and citizen relationships with trust and legitimacy.
We are at a pivotal moment in our country as it relates to police trust and legitimacy. To do nothing is not an option; to engage in a journey that has been challenging, risky, and has the potential to inform generations to come has been our responsibility and honor.
— Police Chief Greg Mullen, City of Charleston, SC