Nuggets executive Calvin Booth’s father was a cop. He knows better than to judge them all.

Nuggets executive Calvin Booth has thought carefully about racism, police brutality and the significant overhaul needed to correct the system.

And when Booth, the highest-ranking African-American in the Nuggets’ organization, wades into a conversation about systemic change, he does so from an informed opinion. Booth’s father, Calvin Sr., was a respected member of the Columbus Police Department for 33 years before he passed away barely four months ago.

Despite the family connection to law enforcement, Booth doesn’t have any problem expressing his frustration over the killings of unarmed black men at the hands of police. When others would rather paint broad strokes, Booth knows better.

“I think the anger and vitriol is toward police that don’t do their job in the correct fashion and that abuse and profile African Americans, so obviously my dad didn’t fall in that category,” he told The Denver Post. “I don’t find the position as hard. I’m more than willing to engage in conversation about, ‘Hey, look, all police officers aren’t bad, but the ones that are, they have to be punished accordingly.’”

This is where Booth’s institutional knowledge shines. Rather than use the nuclear option, such as defunding the police, Booth has a more nuanced suggestion. He thinks police departments need to reassess some of their standards.

“I just think, like Coach (Michael) Malone said, the hiring practices, pool of talent they pull from, just make sure the people have the right demeanor for the job and the right physical presence, that they’re not easily flustered,” Booth said.

Would George Floyd’s senseless murder have happened if one of the 18 complaints against the Minneapolis police officer had raised a red flag, or been properly vetted?

The second part of Booth’s plan to help curb police brutality and end the sickening cycle involves active engagement from the police themselves. It’s hard work that takes time and effort, but in the absence of trust, it’s vital.

“Go above and beyond doing just straight police work and ingrain themselves in communities that they have to police,” Booth said. “Get to know the people’s name and get familiar with the families. You’re less likely to brutalize somebody if you know them personally. I think that’s something that hasn’t been touched on enough, that I’ve seen at least, when talking about this topic.

“You don’t always have to go to a neighborhood or a house to arrest somebody, you can go just have a conversation and find out how the kids are doing, find out what’s going on with the family, help fix up parks and stuff around there. I think police service and charitable efforts should go hand in hand.”

Booth, who will be the Nuggets’ next general manager likely by the time the NBA resumes, has had experiences in profiling and being pulled over by police. Though the instances deescalated once the police learned that his dad was on the force, Booth acknowledged there’s always a concern “it might go the extra mile.”

It did for Floyd, Tamir Rice, Eric Garner and countless others.

For their part, the Nuggets plan to start a dialogue with Denver mayor Michael Hancock as well as representatives from the police union. Team officials hope players will be involved. The goal, if nothing else, is to start a conversation.

“There’s a lot of momentum, a lot of energy that a lot of people across the country and even worldwide are pouring into this topic and issue,” Booth said. “Our focus is going to be a lot more intense and sustainable until these issues aren’t happening as much as they are right now.”

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