We don't have to change our attitudes or opinions about the police. However, we must remember that the working parts of this equation are all human in nature. If we demand more community policing, more foot patrols, less police shootings, we have to understand that the necessary ingredients to make that happen involve both the community and the police. As long as the police are publicly crucified on the whole, based on individual cases, and then murdered in the streets, change will not happen. The necessary conversations that might lead to change can't even happen. We as a society are alienating police officers instead of inviting them to join the conversation. So we must ask ourselves, have the current strategies really made any progress with police and community relations? Let's leave the emotional responses, stereotypes and violence against the police at the door and start seeking a better understanding of the complexities of the police/community relationship.