Source: NBC Dallas
Dallas Police recruiters want to hire more Asian officers as the city's Asian population grows.
Police say it’s important for the Asian community to be well represented in the department.
“Seeing and encountering an Asian officer that can speak their language, understand their culture, can help rebuild the trusting relationship,” said 6-year Dallas Police veteran Dac Nguyen.
Nguyen moved to Dallas from Vietnam 17 years ago. He said people in his home country have an inherent distrust of law enforcement that often persists even after moving to the United States.
“Culturally, law enforcement has been viewed and seen as corrupted, abusive and incompetent in the eyes of the Vietnamese community,” he said.
So getting officers that look like the corrupt officers in the old Vietnam will help right?
Korean business leaders said they would also like to see more Asian officers on the Dallas Police force.
“Bi-lingual is the key,” said Mike Lee, the president of the Greater Dallas Korean American Chamber of Commerce.
“If an officer can speak Korean he will get more information from Korean victims and witnesses," Lee said. "The goal is to build trust between community and law enforcement.”
This main problem with the small Asian communities in North American is that everyone knows everyone and everyone talks. The gossip is usually pretty embarrassing.
So let's say for example I was raped or beaten. The last thing I would want is a Asian police officer coming to the house. If feel a white officer would better protect my identity and write a proper report. An Asian officer would most likely:
A) know me
B) know the guy who beat me
C) know my parents
He would be biased which may or may not help the case.
Also he would tell someone.. "hey did you know Tracy's bf, beats her! What a shame."
So honestly if there were alot of Asian cops around my neighbourhood, I wouldn't report shit.
The language argument is a load of bull to me. It's the job of Asians to speak English, not officers to speak