Professor Paula Johnson Provides Insight into Law Enforcement’s Relationship with Communities of Color

Professor Paula Johnson, director of the Cold Case Justice Initiative, recently spoke with CNY Central in the wake of an Onondaga County Sheriff’s deputy’s fatal shooting of two Black teenagers.

Johnson said all communities should trust law enforcement because that’s who is called in the case of an emergency, but says when you keep on seeing these outcomes, some may find it harder to trust, “These are the kinds of things that give the community pause to say, ‘Does the law treat us differently?’”