Virtualization and social media have forever changed the way we view and react to the police's action, inaction, and interaction with our communities, raising questions on how life threatening situations are and should be handled and how they’re ultimately impacting America’s confidence in law enforcement. Matthew Horace, who works in blue and lives in black and brown, is here to reveal a fresh perspective on this endless debate, from the gray area that exists between reality and perception.

Matthew W. Horace | Media Subject Matter Expert

"Coptics: The Optics of Policing in the Digital Age" chronicles Horace’s commentary on CNN and other major networks on some of America’s most high profile police shootings, including the deaths of Freddie Gray, Michael Brown, and Walter Scott, as well as tragic and senseless shootings of police officers in Dallas, Texas, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Philadelphia, PA. It also delivers in depth analysis of what went wrong, offering solutions on how to improve police community relationships while also sharing interviews and a profoundly personal account of what it means to be Black in Blue, an African American law enforcement officer on the inside of the Blue Line, and the role that optics play in our day to day lives, ultimately revealing why all lives matter.

I am extremely excited to have been contracted by Hachette Books, one of the world’s leading publishing houses, to co-author a book on police, race and America. My co-author - Ron Harris has more than 30 years of experience as a reporter, editor, columnist and editorial writer with the Los Angeles Times and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and is a professor at Howard University. The book is scheduled to be released in early 2018.

December 12, 2016

America Salutes You

America Salutes You

CONGRATULATIONS to the Cadets from The Unites States Military Academy at West Point and the Midshipmen of The United States Naval Academy for being beacons of leadership and hope this weekend during the 116th Army Navy Football Game and festivities. America salutes you all as you March On, March On! WE THANK YOU FOR MAKING THE CONSCIOUS CHOICE TO LEAD!

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January 15, 2017

Coptics Is The Optics of Policing In The Digital Age

Coptics Is The Optics of Policing In The Digital Age

Law enforcement is going through a PR crisis. Video clips of incidents involving the use of force by police continues to raise questions. We understand that there are countless stories of police officers doing great things. Coptics is the condition and reality and "Optics" play a role in our new reality...

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January 29, 2017

GA Police Chief Apologizes For Lynching

We all know that the chasm that exists between communities of color and policing didn't get created overnight and won't be solved overnight. There are many root causes of the divide and the dynamics associated with communities of color mistrust of policing in America and the causes are on all sides of the sphere of blame and influence.

With that, think of this case and the dozens if not hundreds of other cases in The United States where the lynchings of black men held an element of police involvement and the eldest and most respected members of of our families both black and white and communities have been aware of the improprieties for all of these years with no public acknowledgement of the wrongdoing; and worse, no justice. Ask ourselves, how is it possible for people who are in their sixties, seventies or eighties in sound mind and body to ever forget and get to the point where they totally trust policing today when they know that justice has never been served and Americas dirtiest little secrets really aren't secrets at all?

I applaud Lagrange, Georgia Police Chief Louis Dekmar for his courageous act of reconciliation. He has "Skin In The Game" and is not standing idly by acting as if there is no reason for the conditions that exist today. His act alone cant erase a legacy of Jim Crow and the horrors of police involved racism and lynching however sometimes all it takes is one act a time. My hat is off to you Chief for having the courage to act. As you know, doing nothing gets us all nowhere. I am certain that your police department under your leadership will reap the rewards of engagement, respect and understanding from many who had been untouchable along the way. You have my respect Chief, if not you, then who and if not now, then when?

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/us/lagrange-georgia-lynching-apology.html?referer=https://www.google.com/

 

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