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The Chicago Police Department has made a tour of the DuSable Museum of African American History part of the training requirements for new recruits.

A class of 56 officers visited the venue Monday.

“The one thing I can tell you after 29 years [is] if you don’t know a culture, you tend to fear it,” Police Supt. Eddie Johnson told Fox 32 Monday, June 26.

The department has required new recruits to visit the Holocaust museum for years to teach soon-to-be officers about other cultures, according to Atlanta Black Star.

Black history was added only after the 2014 shooting death of Black teen Laquan McDonald by a white officer. The department also added a lesson about the meaning of implicit bias.

The training is open exclusively to new recruits, but the CPD is open to the possibility of expanding it in the future.

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8 thoughts on “Chicago PD Now Requires Recruits To Visit African-American Museum

  1. Yep and lets include The Western Heritage Museum, The Native American Museum, The Holocaust Museum, Asian-American museum, European-American museum and get a full gambit of diversity training and just to top it off Hire Professor Lisa Durden
    to head up the training

  2. Diane on said:

    I agree. That’s a good idea. Let it be a field trip in the school system. Perhaps ppl who frequent this website should visit the museum also. Especially the ones who have nothing but negative views of blks and our communities. I’ll be visiting it this fall.

  3. specialt757 on said:

    Good idea. Visiting these type museums should be a requirements in not only PDs, but primary to HS to college students across the nation. Some people only learn about AAs and Jewish folks by what they hear on the news or TV movies and that’s not enough. Some towns in the U.S. don’t even have a single black person living in them, so how are they supposed to learn? Good starting point.

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