Controversial proposals emerge to reduce police confrontation with citizens

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In the troubled wake of Baton Rouge, Minnesota and Dallas the sheer ache of it all has earnest folks reaching for answers.

What must be done differently?

How, for the good of us all, can we soften the rub between those who enforce the law and those we insist abide by it ?

Social commentator Marcus Davis believes it must start with how we choose those bestowed with the badge.

"When we talk about someone who may be potentially abusive with the power that they have, to the point of death, these psychological evaluations are incredibly important," said Davis, a Fox 26 Contributor.

Davis has a point.

As reported by the Texas Tribune and Houston Chronicle literally thousands of Texas law enforcement officers over the past 3 decades were certified as mentally fit for the job by a psychologist who never met them face to face.

While none of the insufficiently vetted candidates were seeking entry to the Houston Police Department, many are still serving in the Harris County Sheriff's Department and elsewhere.

It finally stopped when Psychologist Carole Busick was stripped of her license and pled guilty earlier this year to a felony charge.

The lingering question - How many prospective cops with counter-productive bias slipped through to serve?

"That means that the person who is responsible, who has the capacity of life and death in their hands, hasn't been properly vetted as to whether or not the amount of authority they have they can handle," said Davis.

Another controversial proposal surfaced this weekend when City Council member Dwight Boykins suggested the time may have come for largely minority neighborhoods to be largely policed by officers who belong to the same minority.

"I think at this point segregating the police force to make certain the communities reflect those officers I think would make a difference," said Boykins on Fox 26.

While still a strong supporter of Boykins, the Houston Police Officer's Union strongly opposes the Councilman's suggestion.

Union President Ray Hunt says segregating the force by race amounts to an unworkable "move backwards to the 1960's".