Steven Dyer believes tuning in to other cultures prevents overreaction by police, but not all agree.
…Dyer is now exposing his students to a wide range of cultures, ideologies and viewpoints, an “empathy-based” approach that he hopes will prepare them for the diverse world they’ll face….
But so far he’s in a minority. Police officers and those involved in criminal justice education in Maine say the answer to current problems in law enforcement are simpler, and that empathy for other points of view won’t help.
BY MADELINE ST. AMOUR