Police group leader apologizes for ‘mistreatment’ of minorities

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The leader of the nation’s largest police organization issued an extraordinary statement Monday apologizing for the “historical mistreatment of communities of color” by police agencies.

Speaking at the International Association of Chiefs of Police annual meeting in San Diego, Chief Terrence M. Cunningham of Massachusetts also called on police and the swelling number of protesters to work together to break “this historic cycle of mistrust” that has plagued relations between law enforcement and minority communities.

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Cunningham made his remarks at the General Assembly for the association, which has been meeting at the San Diego Convention Center since Saturday. It will wrap up its annual conference Tuesday.