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Jarvis Hollis, from St. Louis, holds his arms up as he walks through a group of police during a protest Tuesday, Aug. 19, 2014,in Ferguson, Mo., about Michael Brown, who was killed by police Aug. 9 in Ferguson. Brown's shooting in the middle of a streethas sparked more than week of protests, riots and looting in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Perception of Police Mistrust

Buffalo, NY (WBEN) Do people trust police? It's a matter of perception says Hilbert College's criminal justice chairman.

"It depends on the experience of the individual, group, and culture, and you have to examine every single person individually," says John Culhane of Hilbert College. "Perception occurs when something happens to you, and if something happens to you, then theperception of the person who did this to you i slaced with some level of reality. Was it spoken word or did they punish you for something?"

When police are involved, that same perception can apply, and when there's mistrust, Culhane says both sides need to come forward to hash things out. "You need discussion, you need action on the part of police, you need action on the part of community leaders. Communication is a short term solution," notes Culhane. "We're constantly striving to connect with the community and individuals, and dispel any inappropriate perceptions people have."

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